Well Street Bridge Reconstruction Project Phase 2 - Photos

Well Street Bridge Reconstruction Project Phase 2

Phase two of the Wells Street Bridge project began Friday night. As part of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) ongoing reconstruction of the CTA service over the bridge is scheduled to resume after this the second of two scheduled nine day construction projects. The CTA warns commuters should plan for longer travel times and more crowded trains

Monday morning, the Chicago Department of Transportation said via Twitter, "The new half of the Wells Street Bridge will be floated into place around 9 a.m. We'll spend the rest of day bolting it in."

The  Wells Street Bridge will be closed to CTA train traffic during the evening of Friday, April 26 thru Sunday, May 5 (with service resuming early on Monday, May 6)


As reported by the CTA: CDOT closes the 90-year-old Wells Street Bridge for an extensive reconstruction—rebuilding one leaf of the bascule bridge during each 9-day segment—we'll perform needed replacement of tracks on and near the bridge. Coordinating the work will minimize the impact on transit riders and reduce overall construction costs.

In addition to work on the bridge itself, we'll rebuild the ‘L’ structure track junction at Lake and Wells Streets, known as Tower 18, and replace tracks in the curves at Hubbard and Kinzie, just north of the Merchandise Mart, avoiding additional street closures and service disruptions for customers. Tower 18 is the busiest junction on the CTA 'L' system and the main elevated line entryway into the Loop from the north, with 5 of 8 rail lines passing through every weekday. This junction handles nearly 700 trains a day and nearly 500 on the average weekend.

Upgrades to Tower 18 and additional track work will increase safety and reliability for customers and is part of our $33.8 million Loop Track Renewal project launched in March 2012. By performing the work while CDOT completes the Wells bridge repairs, CTA will reduce the duration of the work by eight days. Additionally, combining the work will save CDOT and CTA $500,000 in construction coordination costs.

Previous Wells Street Bridge Project Posts:

Workers Torch Old Wells Street Bridge - Photos

Wells Street Bridge Opens for Brown Line Trains On Schedule

Wells Street Bridge Reconstruction Project works Around the Clock - Photos

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