Chicago DOT (CDOT) announced that bridge construction begins this week on a new fully accessible pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the railroad tracks and South Lake Shore Drive at 43rd Street.
The first step will be the closure of the existing pedestrian bridge not accessible to the ADA before the demolition of the old structure. Neighborhood residents will be able to use the new 41st Street pedestrian and bicycle bridge or the 47th Street Underpass and Bridge to access Burnham Park and the lakefront during the two-year project.
The new replacement bridge will feature a curved S-shaped design similar to the new 41 companion bridge.st Street that opened in 2018. It will be fully ADA accessible with ramps to accommodate bicycles, wheelchairs and emergency vehicles. The new bridge is expected to open at the end of 2022.
According to the CDOT, the 43e The street project is the fourth of five bridge projects undertaken by CDOT to improve access to the lakeside on the south side of town. A new pedestrian and bicycle suspension bridge on 35th Street opened in November 2016. It replaced an old-fashioned, non-ADA-accessible pedestrian bridge that was similar to the one being replaced at 43e Street. Last year, CDOT completed the reconstruction of the vehicular bridge over the railway line at Oakwood Boulevard / 39e Street. A fifth project, which should start at the end of 2021, will rebuild the vehicular bridge over the railways at 31st Street.
Spans at 41st Street and 43e Street are designed by AECOM with Cordogan, Clark & Associates and were developed in coordination with the Chicago Park District. The inclined arch mono-truss structures support large, graceful S-shaped curves that echo the curves of the driveways in Burnham Park. The main contractor is FH Paschen.
SOURCE: Chicago DOT