Wells Street Bridge might be finished sooner than expected

April 30, 2013 3:43:22 PM PDT
CTA riders have suffered through delays and route changes as work on the Wells Street Bridge continues.

Crews may be finished with the job sooner than expected.

There are four major connection points, and all of them have been made.

By the end of the week, on the upper deck, the CTA tracks, signals, ties and stringers are all to be in place. The showering towers and jacks will go, and the new north leaf will be lowered to kiss the south leaf.

Johnny Morcos is the project engineer and Moira Coughlin the resident engineer for the city's Department of Transportation. Neither was around when the Wells Street Bridge was last overhauled in 1950.

So they become -- in a way -- part of Chicago's architectural history. And the engineering term for that is "very cool."

"It's not too often when you can walk out and go to the job site and see people standing and taking pictures," said Morcos.

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