Historic Event: Arches go up on Milwaukee Avenue 606 bridge Saturday

Date: 
12/05/2014

 

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Workers worked on the move but rescheduled the event to Sunday

 Arch move waved off until Sunday morning starting at 8 a.m.

Another chapter in the history of the Bloomingdale Trail will be written Saturday, Dec. 6, between 1 and 4 p.m. at Milwaukee Ave. and Leavitt St. as the 606 bridge arches will be installed over Milwaukee. 

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This rendering shows the concept

The raised bridge eventually will be supported by the arches, permitting the current supporting piers to be removed. This new structure will not only give a higher clearance for trucks, but will give more surface level space for cars, buses and bikes. 

Milwaukee and Leavitt will be closed from 5 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. Both streets will reopen as soon as the work is complete and the area is safe. 

During the event, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) will be set up in the adjacent park, Park 567, just north of the bridge on Milwaukee, "We'll be a safe distance from the bridge, but close enough to see it all happen," said Jamie Simone of TPL. "Everyone is invited."  

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