The 43rd Street Pedestrian Bridge over DuSable Lake Shore Drive is taking shape – but more closures loom this weekend

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OAKLAND – The pedestrian bridge spanning DuSable Lake Shore Drive at 43rd Street is taking shape as the construction crew moves the curvy structure into position.

The old 43rd Street Viaduct is replaced by the modern light blue bridge, which will be accessible to all.

On Tuesday evening, crews closed a section of DuSable Lake Shore Drive to put in place part of the bridge. More closures are expected this weekend as work continues.

Northbound lanes will close at 9 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday, while crews move more of the bridge into place.

Both lanes of traffic will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday while workers install the arch over the road, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

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: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Crews construct the new 43rd Street Bridge over DuSable Lake Shore Drive and adjacent train tracks on March 16, 2022.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Crews construct the new 43rd Street Bridge over DuSable Lake Shore Drive and adjacent train tracks on March 16, 2022.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Crews construct the new 43rd Street Bridge over DuSable Lake Shore Drive and adjacent train tracks on March 16, 2022.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Crews construct the new 43rd Street Bridge over DuSable Lake Shore Drive and adjacent train tracks on March 16, 2022.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Crews construct the new 43rd Street Bridge over DuSable Lake Shore Drive and adjacent train tracks on March 16, 2022.

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