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New Montrose Avenue Bridge Over Kennedy Expressway Is Now Open — With Bike Lanes

The $16 million project removed the original bridge built in 1957 and replaced it with a structure with wider sidewalks, bike lanes and improved lighting.

A photo of the Montrose Avenue bridge shared on Twitter by IDOT on Aug. 24, 2021.
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IRVING PARK — The Montrose Avenue bridge over the Kennedy Expressway reopened to traffic Tuesday after a $16 million replacement project.

The former bridge spanning the Kennedy was built in 1957. It was removed in sections and replaced with a structure that includes wider sidewalks and bike lanes in both directions, according to Ald. Samantha Nugent (39th) and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The bridge also has modernized LED lighting on its underbelly and over the neighboring Blue Line station.

The original cast-in-place, three-unit concrete bridge was removed one unit at a time over three weekends to avoid closing the expressway entirely, according to IDOT. Access to the Blue Line station was also maintained throughout construction.

The south portion of the bridge was removed and rebuilt in 2020. Crews began removing the last of the old bridge in March to complete the project this summer.  

Construction workers still have a few items to finish, including fence and electrical work. There will still be intermittent lane closures on Montrose through late October as part of a resurfacing project. That project is on Montrose from Central Avenue to Pulaski Road, IDOT said.

For more information on upcoming road construction, visit the Chicago Department of Transportation’s interactive map at chistreetwork.chicago.gov

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