Van Buren Street Bridge over I-90/94
The bridge was closed to traffic on 10/9/2017. In order to construct the proposed bridge structure, the existing ramp from the Southbound Kennedy (I-90/94) to eastbound (inbound) Ida B. Wells Drive (Congress Parkway) was closed in mid-January, 2018. The bridge has been completed with various finish work on the structure remaining. The contractor is making progress on the utility work and pavement construction on the east and west sides of the bridge. The contractor continues building elements of the proposed retaining wall connecting the Van Buren Street bridge to the Halsted Street bridge and has placed concrete along the southbound to westbound ramp. The project includes the full reconstruction of the bridge, a new retaining wall between Van Buren Street and Halsted Street and reconstruction of Van Buren Street pavement and drainage and major improvements to an existing City of Chicago combined sewer siphon beneath the expressway. In coordination with Greektown, major improvements will also be made within Elysian Field on the southeast corner of Van Buren and Halsted Streets. The project is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2019.