Slice of Life: The Byrne Interchange’s Bridges to Nowhere


Byrne Flyover

3 sections of new beams form the main span of the Flyover in the middle of the interchange.

Chicago survived the overnight closures while crews installed beams for the new Jane Byrne Interchange Flyover this summer, but there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done throughout the complicated junction. Not only does the Flyover itself need to be completed, but there’s also the matter of reconnecting the Dan Ryan to Congress Parkway, rebuilding what will be the north-bound lanes of the Halsted Street bridge over the Eisenhower, and spanning Harrison Street over the Ryan’s inbound lanes.

Sounds complicated, right? While we’re sure engineering teams have all the plans figured out, for now it looks like it’d be far too easy to take a wrong turn and plunge into the abyss from a dead-end bridge. Either that, or someone’s reenacting┬áthat bus scene from “Speed.”

Location: I-290 at I-90/94, West Loop

Author: Daniel Schell

Daniel Schell is a West Loop social media addict who lives for Cubs baseball, good pizza, and big cities. If you bump into him on the street, it's likely because he's taking photos instead of watching where he's going, and he apologizes.

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