Around the Town

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Photo credit: Hilary Eiden

NPR played a story this morning about repairs to a bridge in downtown Chicago. It just so happens that this bridge is right outside the building where I go to school. We’ve all been navigating the construction and the closed streets and suspended train service for weeks now, and overall I think we’re holding up well. But it was really interesting finding out more about the project, a little Chicago history (always a bonus), and just exactly what it is they’re doing out there. (And, purely by coincidence, a friend happened to take the above photo this morning on the way to class).

This also reminded me that my stepmother’s sister’s husband (my step-uncle?), who lives in Chicago, is something of a city bridge hobbyist. He has a website, with lots of historical and engineering information plus great photographs of downtown Chicago’s “moveable bridges.” He also offers tours and presentations for school and non-profit groups.

Lastly, for the locals, check the CDOT website for the most up-to-date news about the city’s “bridges, viaducts, and waterways.” Apparently the Kedzie Bridge is the next big reconstruction project; it just started this past Tuesday.

Links:
NPR story about the Wells Street Bridge project on Morning Edition.
Link to Chicago Loop Bridges website.
Link to CDOT Bridges, Viaducts, and Waterways information page.

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