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Governor Pat Quinn announced on August 15 a capital investment of more than $2.3 million for the rehabilitation of the Bridge Street bridge that spans the North Shore Channel in Evanston. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“These construction projects will improve transportation safety and efficiency in northern Cook County,” Governor Quinn said. “Additionally, they will also employ a number of construction workers, which will help the local economy as well.”

In 2004, the City of Evanston submitted a request for Highway Bridge Program Funds to reconstruct the Bridge Street Bridge. This bridge is located on the City of Evanston’s bike route system adjacent to the Ladd Arboretum and Over the Rainbow Association assisted living facility. Those facilities generate significant pedestrian and wheelchair traffic on the bridge. As part of the proposed bridge rehabilitation project, the bridge will be widened to accommodate pedestrian, wheelchair and bicycle traffic.

The Illinois Department of transportation (IDOT) opened the bids for the Bridge Street Bridge construction project on June 14, 2013. The low bid was submitted by Illinois Constructors Corporation of Elburn for $2,367,142.75. The construction funding for this work will be from Highway Bridge Program Funds through IDOT in the amount of $1,893,714.42 (80%) and $473,428.55 (20%) in local funding.

The construction project is expected to begin in fall 2013.

Project Details

Starting the week of September 3 until late November, the City of Evanston and the Illinois Department of Transportation will be contracting out the reconstruction and widening of the Bridge Street Bridge over the North Shore Channel. The work includes the removal of the existing concrete deck; widening and repairing the existing piers; widening of the existing abutments; construction of new wing walls; installing a new line of concrete beams; and placing a new concrete bridge deck with raised sidewalks and new approach slabs.

The pavement between McCormick Boulevard and Brown Avenue will also be reconstructed, which will require adjustments to existing drainage and utility structures. The bike path south of the bridge will be realigned to tie into the crosswalk at the intersection of Bridge Street and Brown Avenue. New street lighting will be installed within the project limits and the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Bridge Street and McCormick Boulevard will be upgraded. This bridge reconstruction project is funded by federal and city funds. See detour map below>>>.

The bridge will be constructed in two stages in order to maintain westbound traffic throughout the duration of the project. Eastbound Bridge Street traffic will be detoured north to Green Bay Road. During the first stage, traffic will be maintained on the north half of the bridge while the south half of the bridge is under construction. The north half of the bridge will be constructed during the second stage of the construction. Pedestrian access will be maintained on one side of the bridge at all times and the North Shore Channel will remain navigable the entire length of the project.

The contractor for this bridge project is Illinois Constructors Corporation, 39W866 Fabyan Parkway, Elburn, IL 60119. 

The project is under the supervision of the City’s Engineering & Infrastructure Division. The City has hired Alfred Benesch, a consulting engineering firm, to oversee the construction activities. The Resident
Engineer in the field will be Thomas M. Carrato who will be directly responsible for all aspects of the construction. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact the Resident Engineer, at
773/444 – 7075. Questions about the bridge projects in general should be directed to Sat Nagar, P.E., Senior Project Manager at 3-1-1.

Detour Map (click here>>>> ):