Reconstruction of the Chestnut Avenue bridge over the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River, just west of Waukegan Road, began on August 17, 2016. The project involves reconstructing the existing bridge deck to provide for three future lanes. It is anticipated the bridge will remain open during construction, and installed in stages.
The new bridge will include decorative pilasters with a country ledge stone pattern with a form liner textured surface; a decorative concrete base with 12-inch black faux wrought-iron railings.
Click here for a map of the construction area, location of temporary traffic signals and turn restrictions.
2017 project schedule
Construction is scheduled to resume February 27, weather permitting. Work to replace the north half of the bridge will shift traffic to single lane on the south side. The temporary traffic signal will regulate the flow of traffic over the bridge.
The bridge replacement work began August 17, 2016. Replacement of the south half of the bridge was completed in December 2016, when work was halted for the winter. Click
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The existing bridge was reconstructed in 1983 by the Illinois Department of Transportation, after which the Village took over ownership and maintenance responsibility.
In 2006, the Village completed bridge repair work using federal funding, including removal of the existing asphalt surface on the bridge deck, repairs to the deck beams, keyways, expansion joints, sidewalk replacement and placement of a new latex concrete overlay.
Based on the bridge inspection report completed in 2010, the bridge was put on an accelerated inspection schedule of every other year. In 2012, deterioration was found in the superstructure. A damage inspection by the IDOT Bureau of Bridges and Structure resulted in a weight restriction in November 2013.
The Village initiated a bridge replacement schedule in 2012, concurrent with submittal of a federal grant request to fund it. Burns & McDonnell Inc. of Downers Grove was awarded a contract on January 7, 2014 for Phase I Engineering Design.
In 2013, a federal grant was awarded to cover 80 percent of the total cost for Phase II Engineering and Construction. Burns & McDonnell, Inc. of Downers Grove was awarded the contract on August 4, 2015.
A public information meeting was held on August 6, 2014 to present and discuss the scope of the project.
Responses to public comment
Click here to read staff responses to comments received from the public.
Click here to read the October 2014 summary of the Chestnut corridor study.