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Boating Season Begins Saturday With Start of Downtown Bridge Lifts

By Josh McGhee | April 17, 2015 1:44pm
 Boats at Belmont Harbor in 2012.
Boats at Belmont Harbor in 2012.
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CHICAGO — With temperatures expected in the 70s, Saturday should be the perfect start to boating season.

Every spring and fall, the city's Transportation Department raises the movable bridges along the main and southern branches of the Chicago River twice a week — on Saturdays and Wednesdays — to allow boats in and out of their storage yards.

Saturday marks the beginning of this year's boat run season.

“CDOT works with local boat storage yards each year to create a schedule that accommodates boats while creating the least amount of impact on Downtown street traffic," said Rebekah Scheinfeld, Transportation Department commissioner and Chicago's harbor master.

During the boat runs, 27 bridges will be lifted from the Ashland Avenue bridge on the south branch to Lake Shore Drive. Each bridge lift takes eight to 12 minutes, according to the city.

The runs will begin at 8 a.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

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