Construction is starting on the new 35th Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge, which will span south Lake Shore Drive, providing people improved access to the lakefront. Part of the City’s Building a New Chicago program that is investing over $7 billion in infrastructure improvements throughout Chicago, the new structure will replace the existing 75-year-old bridge.
The unique curving suspension bridge is the result of a design competition held by the City in 2005 and will provide for impressive views of the skyline and Lake Michigan. The bridge features an A-shaped tower with a single suspension cable designed to support the bridge deck despite the difficulties presented by the curved design. The single-cable, concrete suspension bridge will not only span Lake Shore Drive, but also the Illinois Central railroad tracks, which carries freight and commuter trains.
McHugh is providing general contractor services as part of a joint venture with Araiza Corporation, a minority-owned business enterprise.