Workers Torch Old Wells Street Bridge - Photos

Workers Torch Old Wells Street Bridge - Photos

Thursday night, torches flared and sparks were flying on the 91 year old section of the old Wells Street Bridge. Work was well under way dismantling the old section of the bridge piece by piece. Workers cut apart the heavy metal sections and then hooked to a hoist and a crane lifted the sections into the largest dumpster I have ever seen. The 500,000 pounds of cut up steel beams from the south section will be recycled.

On Monday, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) resumed Brown and Purple Line service over the Wells Street Bridge after the agency and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) completed the first phase of the historic bridge's reconstruction.


The Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River was built in 1922. Standing east of the Franklin Street Bridge and southeast of the Merchandise Mart, the bascule bridge connects the Near North Side with "The Loop." The bridge is double decked, the lower deck carrying 3 lanes of traffic south over the river with sidewalks on both sides of the street. The upper deck serves as a bridge for the Chicago Transit Authority's Brown and Purple lines.

Here are links to previous posts on the Wells Street Bridge Construction Project.

Wells Street Bridge Reconstruction Project works Around the Clock

Wells Street Bridge Opens for Brown Line Trains On Schedule

 Workers Torch Old Wells Street Bridge - Photos 

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