UPTOWN — Four bridges at Montrose Harbor will soon be rebuilt, though crews will retain and reuse the existing structure’s historical features.
The city’s Plan Commission voted Thursday to approve the rebuilding of the bridges at Montrose that separate car traffic from pedestrian paths. The bridges to be rebuilt are on Montrose and Wilson avenues plus two along the harbor’s main road, Simonds Drive.
The bridges were originally built in 1936 and their concrete support structures have deteriorated in recent years, according to a Chicago Department of Transportation document.
Each bridge span will be demolished and rebuilt using the existing bridge dimensions, according to the transportation agency, which is leading the project.
The bridges’ limestone facades and other ornamental flourishes will be reused on the new structures, the department said. New lighting will also be installed, and the pedestrian underpasses below the bridge will receive new pavement, curbs and landscaping.
The $20 million project will seek construction bids this year, the Department of Transportation said. Construction will likely start next year and will take place during the migratory bird season, when piping plovers and other endangered birds come to Montrose Beach for the summer.
The transportation department will work with the Chicago Park District and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to ensure construction does not disturb the birds at Montrose Beach, a city contractor said at Thursday’s meeting.
Work is expected to be completed by 2023.
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