Title

THE WACKER DRIVE VIADUCT RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Authors

S L. Kaderbek

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2001

Subject Area

place - urban

Keywords

Wacker Drive (Chicago, Illinois), Viaducts, Urban areas, Road transportation, Rehabilitation (Maintenance), Reconstruction, Rebuilding, Highway transportation, Highway bridges, Elevated highways, Chicago (Illinois), Bridge engineering, Bridge design

Abstract

Starting in 2001, the Chicago Department of Transportation's Bureau of Bridges and Transit will begin the reconstruction of Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue on the northeast and Randolph Street on the southwest. The project, with a total estimated cost of $200 million, will rebuild and restore the older east/west portion of the upper- and lower-level Wacker Drive structure. The intent of the reconstruction is to address the obvious structural deficiencies and improve the safety, accessibility--and beauty--of Wacker Drive for Chicago's visitors and residents. The goal is to build a durable modern urban bridge structure over 1 mile long, in a major urban area, with minimal impact. The current condition of Wacker Drive and the design and order of the future construction are described.