Lincoln Park Lagoon bridge to be reconstructed

March 14, 2012 9:06:47 AM PDT
The Chicago Department of Transportation has announced the beginning of the reconstruction of the Fullerton Parkway Bridge over the Lincoln Park Lagoon.

The project includes updates to the adjacent pedestrian underpass. Work will begin Monday.

"This important infrastructure investment includes reconfiguring the adjacent park paths to improve safety and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Key drainage and landscaping enhancements are provided in this design, as well as critical safety and access improvements," said CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein.

The bridge was originally built in 1940. CDOT says it needs to be replaced due to deterioration.

The $11.6 million reconstruction project is expected to continue through December, with the landscaping and final improvements to be completed by spring of next year. The construction work will be set up to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction and one sidewalk along Fullerton at all times. The pedestrian underpass will be closed.

Several trees will need to be removed, but CDOT says that 122 new trees will be planted in the area to replace the ones that need to be removed.