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Franklin-Orleans Bridge to close for 2 weeks for repairs

CHICAGO — Starting this week, crews will begin conducting repairs on a bridge downtown and it could make for some headaches for drivers.

According to the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), roadway and sidewalk repairs will begin on the Franklin-Orleans Bridge over the Chicago River starting Wednesday.

Officials say crews will be replacing some roadway grating panels and the bridge sidewalk with fiberglass sidewalk panels.

Because of the repairs, the bridge will be fully closed to vehicular traffic, but one sidewalk will remain open at all times for pedestrians.

According to the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), roadway and sidewalk repairs will begin on the Franklin-Orleans Bridge over the Chicago River starting Wednesday, July 10.
According to the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), roadway and sidewalk repairs will begin on the Franklin-Orleans Bridge over the Chicago River starting Wednesday, July 10.

According to CDOT, the repair work will impact the following CTA bus routes:

  • Northbound #37 Sedgwick buses will operate via Franklin, Wacker, LaSalle and Grand, then resume normal route on Orleans.
  • Northbound #125 Water Tower Express buses will operate via Wacker and LaSalle, then resume the normal route on Ohio. 

CDOT said southbound #37 and #125 buses will not impacted by the repair work.

Work is set to conclude on Friday, July 26, but vehicles will only be able to the bridge at a reduced capacity.

In order to complete the project, another round of closures is expected in the late summer or early fall. Officials say they will notify the pubic ahead of the next round of closures.

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