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Western Avenue Closure Feb 7-9 For Bloomingdale Trail Construction Postponed

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Per The 606 via Twitter: The planned weekend closure of Western Avenue for bridge improvements related to the Bloomingdale Trail construction has been postponed due to weather complications and the relocation of utilities.

The planned closure of Western from February 7-9 was to remove the existing railroad bridge at Bloomingdale Avenue.  The work has not yet been rescheduled.

The current bridge in place at Western and Bloomingdale Avenues causes significant traffic bottlenecking, as concrete piers reduce lane widths as vehicles approach the bridge.




Published February 1st 2014

Alderman Waguespack has announced that part of Western Avenue will be closed next weekend, February 7th - February 9th, for work to support The Bloomingdale Trail/606 construction effort.

According to an email issued by the Alderman:

Western Avenue will be closed to ALL traffic between Wabansia (1700 North Western Ave) and Winnebago/Cortland (1900 North Western Ave).
All traffic on Western will be detoured to Damen and California Avenues (see map). Pedestrians will have to find an alternative route as well. 
Crews will begin work at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014, working around the clock to complete the process as quickly and efficiently as possible. The viaduct will be re-opened on Monday, February 10, 2014. 

In the coming weeks, two similar weekend closures will occur at Ashland Ave and Milwaukee Ave. to remove and improve bridges under the Bloomingdale Trail. 

We will share additional information as it becomes available.

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