LIKELY WIN: Historic Bridges Will Be Rebuilt with Historic Limestone and Ornament

“Four bridges at Montrose Harbor will soon be rebuilt, though crews will retain and reuse the existing structure’s historical features.

“The city’s Plan Commission voted Thursday to approve the rebuilding of the bridges at Montrose that separate car traffic from pedestrian paths. The bridges to be rebuilt are on Montrose and Wilson avenues plus two along the harbor’s main road, Simonds Drive.

“The bridges were originally built in 1936 and their concrete support structures have deteriorated in recent years, according to a Chicago Department of Transportation document. Each bridge span will be demolished and rebuilt using the existing bridge dimensions, according to the transportation agency, which is leading the project.

“The bridges’ limestone facades and other ornamental flourishes will be reused on the new structures, the department said. New lighting will also be installed, and the pedestrian underpasses below the bridge will receive new pavement, curbs and landscaping. Work is expected to be completed by 2023.” (Ward, Block Club Chicago, 8/26/21)

Read the full story at Block Club Chicago

Montrose Harbor Bridges To Be Rebuilt, But Historical Features Will Remain, City Says; Four car bridges at Montrose Harbor will be reconstructed after the city’s Plan Commission signed off on the project Thursday, Joe Ward, Block Club Chicago, 8/26/21

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