McHugh/Araiza Team to Begin Work on 35th Street Bridge This Summer

11 July 2014

Chicago, IL – James McHugh Construction Co., in a joint venture with Araiza Corporation, was awarded a construction contract on Thursday by the Chicago Department of Transportation to begin work on the 35th Street bicycle and pedestrian bridge. The companies were selected as the general contractor for the $18.3 million project by the City of Chicago in December 2013. 

“We look forward to getting to work on this important project for the City and its residents,” said Michael Meagher, senior vice president of James McHugh Construction Co. “This has been a busy year as many new projects continue to roll in. We are excited to lead the talented team assembled specifically to design and build this bridge.”

The 35th Street Bridge project is part of the City’s Building a New Chicago initiative, a three-year comprehensive infrastructure program, started in 2012 by Mayor Emanuel.

In 2005, a submission by the U.S.-based architectural and engineering firm, Teng & Associates, which has since combined with exp, was selected as the winning proposal to design the new 35th Street bicycle and pedestrian bridge. 

The architect, John Hillman, designed a unique single-cable, concrete suspension bridge that will connect 35th Street and Burnham Park on the lake front spanning the Illinois Central railroad tracks and South Lakeshore Drive. The bridge will allow easy access for cyclists and individuals in wheelchairs.

The construction of the 620-ft-long bridge will begin this year, and is expected to finish in the fall of 2015. 

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