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The Chicago Department of Transportation has cut the ribbon the rehabilitated Webster Avenue Bridge spanning the North Branch of the Chicago River

CDOT Completes Rehab of Century-Old Webster Avenue Bridge

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) cut the ribbon recently on the newly repaired and reopened Webster Avenue Bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River. The $28-million project fully rehabilitated the 106-year-old bridge and its surrounding infrastructure to improve safety for all road users, ensure the bridge remains functional and operational, and preserve its historic character. 

“The Webster Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project is a great example of how we are investing in our bridge network and modernizing it for the long term,” said CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi.  

Opened in 1916, the Webster Avenue Bridge is an example of Chicago-style double-leaf trunnion bridges with pony trusses that were built by the city in the first two decades of the 20th Century. Although it was operated as a movable bridge for decades, it has not been opened for the passage of vessels since the 1960s. 


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