Gaps may work for David Letterman’s teeth or buying blue jeans, but they are terrible for bicycle paths. That’s why people from Ravenswood to Evanston are excited about the giant hulks of steel sitting on the east bank of the Chicago River’s north branch.
West Rogers Park Spy Joel spotted the two halves of the new $3.4 million Lincoln Village Pedestrian Bridge that will soon span the river, finishing the nearly seven-mile North Shore Channel Trail that runs from Lawrence Avenue all the way up to Green Bay Road in Evanston.
The gap the 180-foot-long bridge will fill is at Kedzie and Hood. Currently people have to backtrack and use the heavily-trafficked Lincoln Avenue Bridge to cross the river and continue their journey on the other side. The new 16-foot-wide bridge will take bicycles, feet, and little rubber baby buggy bumpers about ten feet over the water, allowing for a continuous trip without the hazards of crossing a busy federal highway.