South DuSable Lake Shore Drive will close Tuesday night next week to install the 43rd Street Bridge

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OAKLAND — Parts of DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed over the next week as crews replace the 43rd Street overpass with an accessible bridge.

Southbound lanes between Oakwood Boulevard and 47th Street will close from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. Workers will install some of the bridge’s steel bars over these tracks.

The northbound lanes will close from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. March 21 while crews install steel bars on this section.

Both lanes of traffic will be closed from 9 p.m. March 21 to 5 a.m. March 22 while workers install the arch over the road, according to CDOT.

Drivers in either direction will detour via Oakwood Boulevard to Cottage Grove Avenue, 47th Street and back to DuSable Lake Shore Drive, but city officials are encouraging drivers to find alternate routes to avoid delays.

Additionally, a southbound lane between blocks 4200 and 4400 of South DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed Monday through May 15 to accommodate temporary supports while the span is being built, officials said.

Work began in November 2020 to replace the old bridge, which is not accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act. A Burnham Park playground near the viaduct will also be replaced as part of the project.

Crews tore down the old bridge last summer.

The new overpass, with a winding design similar to that completed at 41st Street in 2018, will allow wheelchair users, cyclists and emergency vehicles to cross Lake Shore Drive and adjacent train tracks, officials said. the city.

The pedestrian bridge is expected to open by the end of the year, city officials said.

Credit: Chicago Department of Transportation
A rendering of the 43rd Street Viaduct, facing north. The similarly designed 41st Street Viaduct, completed in 2018, is visible in the background.

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