NEAR WEST SIDE — Drivers and commuters should expect delays if traveling on Ashland Avenue near Pilsen this week.
Ashland’s north and southbound lanes between 15th and 16th streets will be closed until Friday for a Union Pacific Rail Road bridge reconstruction, according to Ald. Danny Solis’ office.
The viaduct is expected to reopen ahead of the Friday morning commute, a 25th Ward official wrote on Facebook.
Union Pacific is completely replacing the 120-foot Ashland Avenue bridge over three closures planned for this spring, said company spokeswoman Kristen South. Union Pacific coordinated the street closures with the Chicago Department of Transportation, South said.
The roadwork headaches aren’t limited to just this week. Two more five-day road closures are expected in April and May for the bridge reconstruction.
The next closures are planned for March 31-April 5 and May 19-May 24.
“The bridge is made up of nine tracks. Three tracks will be replaced during each outage. Like any other outdoor project, the planned outages could be impacted by weather conditions,” South said.
Illinois Constructors Corporation is overseeing the project.