The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that the Lake Shore Drive Bridge over the Chicago River is scheduled to be erected Thursday night for “testing and maintenance” on the same day the city released video of the fatal shooting of Adam Toledo, 13 years, by the police in Little Village.
CDOT spokesman Michael Claffey said the bridge would be lifted between 10 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday for “testing and maintenance ahead of the boats sailing season” and said the closure would was not related to the output of the video.
A spokesperson for Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office declined to comment.
Northbound traffic will be diverted via Monroe Street, Columbus Drive and Illinois Street, while southbound drivers will exit Lake Shore Drive at Grand Avenue and return via Columbus Drive and Monroe Street, Claffey said.
Bridge lifting is an annual practice in which each bridge over the river is lifted sequentially before boats leave mainland shelters to dock in Lake Michigan for the summer, according to Claffey.
The city released a video Thursday of Adam Toledo being killed by police on March 29 in the 2300 block of South Sawyer Avenue. Adam’s family, who have asked the Civil Police Accountability Office to delay the video’s release, viewed the footage on Tuesday evening.
The city was criticized last summer for building bridges in the downtown area during protests after the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The decision, along with the mayor’s call to prevent CTA trains from entering the loop, made it difficult for protesters to leave the city center, according to a scathing report from the Inspector General on how the department of Chicago police handled the protests.
Contribution: Manny Ramos, Fran Spielman