Grid Shots: Bridge Construction Interrupts Transit Service

A welder cuts through metal to separate the bridge sections, one of which will be replaced. Photo by ##https://twitter.com/cta/status/308008431581806592##CTA##.

The Wells Street bridge is under construction until early morning Monday, March 11, and Brown and Purple Line Express trains have modified service. The Chicago Department of Transportation is replacing part of the southern bridge leaf in a 9-day stretch; a part of the northern leaf will be replaced in April.

The Chicago Transit Authority and our contributors posted several photos of the construction. Contribute your own photos to our Flickr group.

Photo of Wells Street bridge reconstruction from Wells/Lake
Wells Street bridge reconstruction as seen from Wells and Lake Streets. Photo by ##https://twitter.com/cta/status/308012183680344065/photo/1##CTA##.
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The southern leaf replacement piece is floating down the Chicago River toward the construction site on Friday. Photo by John Amdor.
  • Fred

    I find it interesting that they are only replacing the middle half of the bridge.

  • Joseph Musco

    Great photos. Civil engineering and construction is amazing. Such talented people!

  • Me too! I guess the ends are just fine, or were able to be repaired. It makes sense to me, though, that those have more tension on them than the ends. But I’m not a structural engineer…

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