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Chicago Avenue and Ohio Street bridges will be temporarily closed

If traversing the Near North Side this weekend, you may want to avoid Chicago Avenue, where the bridge over the Chicago River will be closed off for repairs.

Additionally, upcoming bridge painting on the Ohio Street feeder ramp will cause headaches starting Monday.

The Chicago Avenue Bridge will be closed to traffic for structural repairs, from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, the Chicago Dept. of Transportation said.

Only pedestrians will be able to cross the bridge — on the south sidewalk.

Vehicular traffic will be detoured, with eastbound traffic redirected at Halsted Street north to Division Street; and westbound traffic redirected at Larrabee to Division.

CDOT crews have been working on the bridge since late February, with completion expected April 25. Repairs target the floor beams and truss in the movable span; anchor columns shoring; sidewalk, concrete and manhole fixes, among others. The $540,000 project is funded by the Chicago/Kingsbury Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District.

On Ohio Street, the painting project will require one lane closures from I-90/94 (Kennedy Expy.) to Kingsbury Street, the state Dept. of Transportation said.

On inbound Ohio, one lane will be close Sunday-Thursday, 9 p.m.-5 a.m.; Friday, 11 p.m.-7 a.m., Saturday, 11 p.m.-10 a.m. And on outbound Ohio, one lane will be closed: Sunday- Thursday, 9 p.m.-5 a.m.; Friday, 11:59 p.m.-10 a.m. Saturday; Saturday, 11:59 p.m.-11:59 a.m. Sunday.

Eastbound I-90/94 traffic will be redirected to the Division or Ogden exits; westbound Ohio to I-90/94 redirected to Orleans, Division, Clybourn, and then the Fullerton ramp.

The project also will occasionally require full ramp night closures between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., so the draw bridge can be raised, IDOT said. Completion is expected Oct. 15.



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