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 ##

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 ##
The southern leaf replacement piece is floating down the Chicago River toward the construction site on Friday. Photo by John Amdor.


Eyes on the Street: The New Wells Street Bridge

Bicycle riders should be generally pleased with the new Wells Street Bridge, which opened to traffic early this morning for the first time since reconstruction began a year ago. Most of the slippery metal grate bridge decking — including the entire bike lane on the span — has been filled in with concrete, providing a […]