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The Wells Street Bridge

November 2013 marked the re-opening of the Wells Street Bridge in downtown Chicago to vehicle, pedestrian, train and bike traffic on budget and ahead of schedule.

 

Wells Street Bridge, Chicago
WSP USA provided construction engineering services on behalf of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), working closely to extend the life of the nearly 100-year old structure and preserve its original character.


The double-leaf bascule bridge spans the Chicago River, carrying trains via the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) on the upper level, and pedestrians and vehicles on the lower level.

The construction plan involved the rehabilitation of all architectural elements of the bridge houses; rehabilitation of the bridge trusses with selective replacement and/or repairs; replacing floor beams, gusset connection plates, roadway stringers, and grating; cleaning and painting of structural steel and bridge machinery; repair and/or reconstruction of river walls, abutments, back walls, and river dolphins; rehabilitation and/or replacing electrical and mechanical systems; and sidewalk support brackets, stringers, panels, railings, and all access walkways.