WBEZ | bridges http://www.wbez.org/tags/bridges Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 1 in 12 Illinois bridges 'structurally deficient' http://www.wbez.org/news/1-12-illinois-bridges-structurally-deficient-107763 <p><p>A transportation advocacy group says about 1 in 12 Illinois bridges are &quot;structurally deficient&quot; and need serious maintenance and rehabilitation or should be replaced entirely.</p><p>Illinois fared far better than many other states, ranking 35th in the survey by the Transportation for America. The organization&#39;s report says the state had more than 2,300 structurally deficient bridges in 2013.</p><p>Illinois has more than 26,500 bridges.</p><p>The state&#39;s 8.7 percent average was slightly better than the national figure, which the group pegged at about 11 percent.</p><p>Transportation for America used federal highway data to produce the rankings.</p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/1-12-illinois-bridges-structurally-deficient-107763 Bridge lifting season begins as summer ends http://www.wbez.org/story/bridge-lifting-season-begins-summer-ends-92110 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-17/bridge lifting.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The fall bridge lift season begins Saturday in Chicago, a sign that summer is coming to a close. All moveable bridges along the south and main branches of the Chicago River will be raised to allow boats to make their way from harbors in Lake Michigan to their winter storage units.</p><p>The bridge raising Saturday starts at 9:30 AM sharp, and according to spokesman Brian Steele for the Chicago Department of Transportation, they may draw a crowd. He said depending on the weather, dozens of people have been known to show up to watch the bridge raising. The order the bridges move follows the same sequence each year.</p><p>"We start at Lake Shore Drive, head west on the main branch and then turn south on the south branch of the Chicago River. we have three or four different crews that hopscotch each other&nbsp; and open the next bridge in line--so lake shore drive is first, columbus is second, michigan avenue is third, and so on and so forth," he said.</p><p>Steele said there shouldn't be any traffic delays as the bridges are usually only raised for about 8 to 12 minutes. Bridge lift season lasts through mid-November. The bridges will be raised in the same fashion on Saturdays and Wednesdays throughout the season, at 9:30 and 9:00 AM respectively.</p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bridge-lifting-season-begins-summer-ends-92110