Two workers labor atop the control tower of the Wells Street Bridge More
Wells Street Bridge
The Brown Line trains are running again now that repairs to the Wells Street Bridge have been completed. It was quite a project! When I took the train north across the bridge yesterday evening, the river was still crowded with repair barges and equipment. A tour boat plied the waters, carrying its passengers toward an up-close view of the site.
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A replacement section of the Wells Street Bridge rests on a barge in front of the Merchandise Mart. The bridge repairs that started several weeks ago are about to enter their second phase, and the bridge, from which I took this picture (and this one and this one), will again be closed.
The city is always building, leading to the complex vista that Celia, commuting, sees daily: the buildings, bridges, and balustrades rimming the River, offering a pleasing spectacle to the passing trains. Cars, trains, boats, and pedestrians pass distractedly through a landscape that’s the work of many decades and thousands upon thousands of laborers’ hands.
The repair barge in the river, for fixing the bridge, is fleeting evidence of all that goes in to making this the home that we know.
I happened to be driving along Wacker Drive this evening, and, for once, was truly happy to have to stop for a red light.
I seldom come this way in a car, and this was my one chance to take a picture of the repairs underway on the historic Wells Street Bridge. Not only did the Merchandise Mart look terrific, as always, but I managed to take a picture of the huge crane that has been used to hoist the massive prefabricated sections of the bridge in place.
The Wells Street Bridge was an engineering marvel when first built in the 1920s. It is a double-decker draw bridge that carries both car traffic and, on its upper level, the elevated train. Now most of the bridge is in need of repairs, so traffic has been cut off for a number of days, while old components are removed and the new ones put in place.
People grumble about the inconvenience.
The first phase of the work was completed Monday, as you can see from the el train that is crossing. The second phase, which will be to replace the south section of the bridge, will require another closing and is scheduled to take place some time next month.
That’s the latest,