Construction resumes on downtown Chicago bridge

April 29, 2013

The Associated Press

(WBEZ/Robin Amer)
File: The city replaced the southern half of the Wells Street Bridge in early March, shutting down Brown Line service between the Merchandise Mart and the Loop. The northern half of the bridge will be replaced in April.

The next phase of repair work on a major downtown Chicago bridge could cause some problems for commuters this week.

Chicago Transit Authority officials say work on the historic Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River will affect service through May 5. It's the second phase of work. The bridge was closed for 9 days in March as well.

CTA officials say there are alternative service plans, including additional bus service, rerouted trains and a shuttle train for the "temporary inconveniences" for riders.

Workers are rebuilding parts of the bridge and replacing tracks. It is a busy junction that handles nearly 700 trains each week day.

The bridge is nearly 100 years old.