Van Buren Bridge construction starts Thursday

Closure area during the Van Buren Bridge construction project.

May 1, 2014 3:08:12 PM PDT
Construction on the Van Buren Bridge over the Chicago River began Thursday, which will remain closed until Jan. 7, 2015.

The $2.5 million project will replace the bridge's roadway deck, floor beams and lateral bracing, according to a release from the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).

"Critical infrastructure upgrades like this must be made to strengthen our neighborhoods," said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld. "A restored Van Buren bridge will provide improved access to the Loop, the commercial center of Chicago's economy."

During construction on the 57-year-old bridge, traffic will be detoured south on Wacker Drive to Harrison Street, west on Harrison to Canal Street, and north on Canal to Van Buren. Sidewalks will remain open throughout the entire project.

For CTA customers, the #37 northbound bus will not be affected. The CTA is adding two new temporary bus stops on the #37 southbound route:

  • Westbound on Adams at Canal
  • Southbound on Clinton at Jackson