Whatever number of bridges you think hang over the Chicago River, add one to the tally, because a new span is on the way. In blue.
The $35 million Dominick Street Bridge will arch over the North Branch of the river, linking West Webster Avenue with North Throop Street in the Greater Goose Island Metroplex Area.
It’s one of the big infrastructure projects being built as part of the Lincoln Yards development. The bridge, designed by Rosales and Partners, is essential for connecting the northern half of the Yards to the southern half. It will also bring some sanity to this part of Chicago’s street grid, where streets are often truncated either by the river or industrial developments.
Many of those industrial outlets have left for browner pastures, making room for Sterling Bay to roll out 6,000 new homes and 12 million square feet of office, retail, and hotel space at a cost of six billion dollars.
In an announcement from Brian Hopkins, the Second Ward Alderman said construction is expected to start next Summer. The bridge will have six lanes total, three in each direction for cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. It also means another link in the city’s Riverwalk will be constructed beneath it.
Sterling Bay will eventually connect this bridge to The 606.
Dominick Street, which the new Dominick Street Bridge will carry over the Chicago River, was named for William F. Dominick, who in 1844 founded a real estate development company that would become known as Larrabee & North. Which explains a lot about the street names in the area.