Construction Update
35th Street Pedestrian Bridge Nearing Completion

The boot bridge bonding Bronzeville with the big blue beyond is nearing completion. The Chicago Department of Transportation posted the photo below on its Twitter feed, showing the single-cable suspension bridge snaking over Lake Shore Drive and the Canadian National railroad tracks.

35th Street Pedestrian Bridge under construction (via CDOT)

35th Street Pedestrian Bridge under construction (via CDOT)

The old 1940’s-era bridge was a rusty, old, narrow steel box that was anything but inviting. It looked more appropriate for linking a couple of prison cellblocks than a pair of public parks.

The new bridge designed by Canadian firm Exp is wide, light, and inviting, even on a dreary autumn’s day. It’s exactly what is needed to compliment the new and improving Bronzeville. We wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t turn into a magnet for new residential development, considering the acres and acres of vacant land just a block or two away.

Location: 35th Street at Lake Shore Drive, Bronzeville

Author: Editor

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