ROSCOE VILLAGE — Hey, what's with the Torrence Avenue bridge stealing the Western-Belmont viaduct's thunder?
Which isn't to say it won't be spectacular in its own right.
According to the Chicago Department of Transportation, the deteriorating viaduct won't meet a literal wrecking ball. Instead, the overpass will be ripped apart by a team of six large excavators with hydraulic attachments.
As any 4-year-old familiar with "Goodnight Construction Site" knows, excavators are powerful pieces of equipment, capable of pulverizing concrete with Hulk-like force or gnashing and tearing structures to shreds with a "jaw" reminiscent of a T. Rex.
For a preview of what to expect this weekend, we dug up videos of excavators in action.
Reminder: Western Avenue will be completely closed to traffic in both directions, from 8 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, between Nelson and Roscoe, including the intersection at Belmont and Clybourn. Click here for our "survival guide" of how to avoid the construction zone in the coming months.
For a quick refresher on why the overpass is being demolished, we leave you with this image of the viaduct's underbelly.
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