Rehabilitation with Minimal Interruption

The Wells Street Bridge holds the distinction of being the longest double-deck, double-leaf, bascule bridge built over the Chicago River, and it’s one of two remaining bascule bridges in the city that carries both highway and rail transit on dual levels. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) elevated railway occupies the upper level, and vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic are on its lower level. The bridge’s main span is 345 feet long and 72 feet wide, with three lanes of vehicular traffic, a bicycle lane and cantilevered sidewalk on each side. The bridge was built in 1922 and is on the … Continue reading Rehabilitation with Minimal Interruption