The lifting of the movable bridges over the Chicago River for recreational boat traffic resumes this week, running on Wednesday and Saturday mornings through mid-November.
Each year, in the spring and fall, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) raises the movable bridges along the Main and South Branches of the Chicago River to accommodate recreational boats traveling to and from their storage yards.
“The lifting of Chicago’s iconic movable river bridges every fall marks the closing of the boating season,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld. “The City coordinates 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.”
During these spring and fall “boat runs,” the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one at a time. Each bridge lift takes an average of 8-12 minutes. This fall, 27 bridges will be lifted in order beginning in the morning at Lake Shore Drive to the Ashland Avenue Bridge on the South Branch.
The fall 2014 bridge lift schedule is as follows:
• Wednesday, October 22nd at 9:30 a.m.
• Saturday, October 25th at 9 a.m.
• Wednesday, October 29th at 9:30 a.m.
• Saturday, November 1st at 9 a.m.
• Wednesday, November 5th at 9:30 a.m.
• Wednesday, November 12th at 9:30 a.m.
• Saturday, November 15th at 9 a.m.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that as part of the ongoing Mannheim Interchange project, the ramps from northbound Mannheim Road (U.S.12/45) to westbound I-190 and eastbound I-190 to northbound Mannheim Road are scheduled to close, weather permitting, Tuesday, Sept. 2.
The following detour routes will be posted:
Northbound Mannheim Road to westbound I-190:
- Northbound Mannheim Road to westbound Zemke Boulevard to southbound Bessie Coleman Drive to westbound I-190.
Eastbound I-190 to northbound Mannheim Road loop ramp closure:
- Northbound Bessie Coleman Drive to eastbound Zemke Boulevard to northbound Mannheim Road.
The ramps are tentatively scheduled to open November 21, 2014.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signing in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, and be on the alert for workers and equipment.
The work is part of the on-going I-94 (Bishop Ford Expressway) at Stony Island Feeder Interchange reconstruction project. Improvements include two complete bridge replacements, two bridge rehabilitations including bridge deck overlay and deck joint removal and replacement, one new bridge deck and bearing replacement and one bridge removal. The construction will include demolishing the existing concrete decks, new parapet walls and new bearings on the bridges. The project also includes the reconstruction of the Stony Island Extension, which includes new jointed pavement, resurfacing and drainage improvements.
The project contains work on multiple interchange ramps and various electrical improvements. There will be work during night time hours for the beam erection and bridge replacements. The anticipated completion date for this project is October 31, 2014.
The following detour will be posted:
- From eastbound I-94 (Bishop Ford) to Exit Ramp 66A – 111th Street. Traffic will make a left turn on 111th Street and do a complete turn-around and enter the westbound I-94 (Bishop Ford) lanes. Traffic will travel westbound on I-94 to Exit 65 – 103rd Street and Stony Island Avenue. Traffic will travel towards the 103rd Street exit ramp.
Motorists can expect delays during times when the lane closures are in effect and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signing in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, and be on the alert for workers and equipment.