The Peoria Street Bridge and the adjacent CTA Blue Line station entrance were closed for construction beginning May 2014 and reopened to pedestrian traffic in the summer of 2015.
The nearby CTA station entrances at Morgan Street and Halsted Street remained opened during the construction of the Peoria Street project.
The construction contract was awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure Company in March of 2014. The work involved the complete removal and replacement of the existing bridge structure which carried Peoria Street over I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway). The new bridge structure is longer, creating space underneath for I-290 improvements. The Peoria Street Bridge contract included the associated work along the Peoria Street corridor from Harrison Street to Van Buren Street to make it a pedestrian/bicyclist-only facility. Landscaping, lighting, wayfinding signage, and other features were incorporated.
The project also included the rehabilitation of the existing glass station house adjacent to the Peoria Street Bridge. The rehabilitation included the installation of a new ADA-compliant elevator, roof replacement, new exterior panels, replacement lighting, installation of surveillance cameras, and new turnstiles.
Peoria Street Bridge features include:
- CTA Blue Line entrance fully upgraded and expanded to include an elevator to make the entrance ADA-accessible
- Wider pedestrian bridge creating a gateway to UIC’s campus
- Added aesthetics: planting, irrigation, lighting and seating walls
- First precast concrete deck panel bridge in Illinois