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Welcome to the Congress Parkway Bridge Website!

This site has been created to facilitate public input and communicate information about the project and schedule. We invite you to explore the site and provide your comments or travel experiences regarding the project through our "Contact Us" section.

This site will be updated periodically as the project start date approaches. In addition, IDOT will maintain the website throughout the project duration and update the project information, suggested alternate routes, ramp closure information, project publications, comment forms and links to other area projects. IDOT appreciates your patience and urges the motoring public to begin to take necessary steps like alternate route planning, car pooling, flexible work schedules, and public transportation to avoid traffic.

UPDATE--September, 2011

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin work on the second and final stage of the Congress Parkway Bridge. This stage requires traffic to shift over three nights to the new inbound lanes that were rebuilt during the first stage. Lane closures are anticipated each night during the shift.

During the September 23-26 weekend, there will be designated hours of closures for inbound and outbound Congress Parkway. Inbound Congress Parkway’s far right lane between Canal and Wells streets will be closed throughout the weekend during the following hours: Fri-Sat 10pm-7am, Sat-Sun 10pm-9am, Sun-Mon 10pm-5am. Outbound Congress Parkway will be fully closed during designated hours, with traffic detoured south on Wells Street, west on Harrison Street, south on Des Plaines Street and west on Roosevelt Road to reach the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94) and the outbound Eisenhower Expressway. The hours for the outbound Congress Parkway closures will include: Fri-Sat 12am-6am, Sat-Sun 12am-8am, Sun-Mon 12am-5am.

The work zone for the second stage will be in place, weather permitting, the morning of Monday, September 24 by 5 a.m. The current configuration of two lanes inbound and one lane outbound over the bridge will remain for the duration of the project. The inbound Dan Ryan and Kennedy expressway ramps to Congress Parkway will remain closed. So will the ramps from northbound Franklin Avenue and southbound Wacker Drive to westbound Congress Parkway.

The Chicago Department of Transportation is adjusting its work zone on the Congress Parkway Streetscape project to accommodate the switch in traffic to the new bridge.

The second stage of the bridge project involves removing the old outbound Congress Parkway bridge deck and replacing the structural steel underneath. Installation of the deck panels for the new bridge surface is anticipated to begin in December. The tentative completion date for the entire Congress Parkway bridge project is mid-May 2012. The $33 million project is made possible by $6.6 million in state funding

UPDATE--July, 2011

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) anticipates a delay due to continued fabrication delays for the steel deck panels. IDOT will continue to work on Congress Parkway Bridge from Wells Street to Canal Street. The final construction of the steel deck panels is scheduled for late July. Thus, the completion of Stage 1 construction will finish in late September. IDOT will be working throughout the winter on Stage 2 with an anticipated opening of all lanes inbound and outbound by May, 2012.

UPDATE--January, 2010

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) anticipates a delay in the reopening of the inbound section of the Congress Parkway Bridge. IDOT will continue to work on the bridge throughout the winter to make up for the delay. The existing configuration of two lanes inbound and one lane outbound will remain in place. IDOT urges drivers to continue to take alternate routes if possible to avoid traffic delays. The overall completion date remains on schedule for Fall, 2011.

The following three major factors caused the delay:

  • The crossover lanes required emergency repairs and pushed back the start of construction.
  • The 22-day strike that occurred in July, halting all work done during that time.
  • The existing floor beams on the bridge were found to be unlevel. This discovery required an adjustment to the design of the new bridge deck system that will be placed on top of the floor beams. This redesign caused an unavoidable delay in the fabrication of the components on the bridge’s steel deck.
See Orange, Slow Down, Save Lives

Rehabilitation of the Congress Parkway Bridge is expected to begin April 1, 2010

Countdown until April 1, 2010

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