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Chicago Avenue Bridge to Close to Traffic Starting Friday

By Emily Morris | April 10, 2013 11:21am
 The Chicago Avenue Bridge on the Near North Side.
The Chicago Avenue Bridge on the Near North Side.
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CHICAGO — The Chicago Avenue Bridge on the Near North Side will be closed to street traffic for the weekend as the city continues to make repairs, though pedestrians will still be able to walk across the bridge.

The 99-year-old bridge over the Chicago River will be closed while the Chicago Department of Transportation makes structural fixes starting at 10 p.m. Friday, the city said.

It will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.

Pedestrians may still cross on the bridge's south sidewalk, but trucks, buses, cars and bicycles will have to take a detour.

Detours will take drivers around the bridge from Halsted, Larrabee, Division and Orleans streets, the city said. Travelers can check the city's website for more information about the detours.

The city has been working on the bridge since late February along with the Wells Street Bridge, which is also approaching its centennial.

Work on the Chicago Avenue Bridge is expected to be completed by April 25, the city said. The project costs $540,000 and is being financed by the Chicago/Kingsbury TIF district, according to the city.