Clark Street Bridge closed Thursday and Friday

Clark Street Bridge closed Thursday and Friday

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - The Clark Street Bridge will be closed Thursday and Friday to allow construction for a pathway underneath the bridge.

The Chicago Department of Transportation planned to close the bridge Tuesday and Wednesday, however due to minor equipment issues, the bridge will close on Thursday, June 12th at 7 a.m. It will reopen Friday, June 13th at 8 p.m., according to a statement from the department.

All vehicles, including CTA buses, can access an alternate route westward towards LaSalle Street through Grand Avenue, and back east to Clark through Wacker Drive. Bikers heading southbound on Clark can take a detour on Kinzie Street to the two-way bike path on Dearborn, the department said.

The walkway construction is part of an ongoing Chicago Riverwalk project geared towards creating a pedestrian pathway on the south bank of the main branch of the Chicago River, from State Street to Lake Street. The bridges over the river establishes a borderline between each Riverwalk block, allowing a recreational walkway underneath each bridge, the department said.

The Clark Bridge’s closure marks the first of three closures this summer. The Dearborn Bridge will be closed from Tuesday, June 24th through Monday, June 30th, followed by the State Street Bridge’s closure in mid-July, which exact dates will be determined, the department said.

The upcoming Dearborn Bridge closure will have a detour west on Wacker Drive, north on LaSalle Street, and east on Illinois Street to Dearborn, according to a statement from the department.

Bikers headed northbound on Dearborn can take a detour east on Lake Street, north on State Street, west on Kinzie Street, then back to Dearborn. Bikers headed southbound can access roads west on Kinzie Street, south on Clark Street, then return to Dearborn through Lake Street, the department said.

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