Wells Street Bridge

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the reopening of the Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River, after a yearlong $50 million reconstruction project. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Wells Street Bridge Reopens After Yearlong Rebuild

The historic Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River reopened to cars, bikes, and pedestrians on Thursday; a year after it was closed for a complete overhaul.

11/21/2013

The double decker Wells Street Bridge reopened to CTA trains on May 6, 2013, after work was completed to replace the north span. The south span was replaced earlier in the year. The street level of the bridge remains closed for further work until November. (Credit: CBS)

Wells Street Bridge Work Complete, CTA Service Back To Normal

Service on CTA Brown and Purple line trains returned to normal Monday morning after work crews rebuilding the Wells Street Bridge finished a major phase of construction.

05/06/2013

Crews prepare to begin replacing the north leaf of the Wells Street Bridge. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Brown Line Riders: Get Ready For Shake-Up

38,000 CTA riders are getting ready for a commute shake-up Monday

04/28/2013

The old and new portions of the Wells Street bridge. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM Newsradio)

Commuter Alert: Major CTA Changes For Wells Street Bridge Work

A big commuter headache returns tonight, with the closure of the Wells Street bridge.

04/26/2013

Brown Line, Wells Street Bridge

Wells Street Bridge Reconstruction To Disrupt CTA Service

The second phase of reconstruction of the Wells Street Bridge begins Friday night.

04/24/2013

A pair of CTA trains crosses the Wells Street Bridge on March 11, 2013, after the bridge reopened to trains, following replacement of the span's southern half. (Credit: CBS)

Wells Street Bridge Reopens To CTA Brown & Purple Line Trains

The rumble of CTA L cars over the Wells Street Bridge is due to resume Monday in time for Purple and Brown Line riders to return to normal rush-hour schedules.

CBS Chicago–03/11/2013

Brown Line, Wells Street Bridge

Bridge Work To Make Commute A Headache For Brown, Purple Line Riders

This morning’s commute might be a big hassle for thousands who depend on the CTA’s Brown and Purple lines.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2013

Wells Street Bridge (Credit: Steve Miller)

Emanuel Says Bridge Replacement Saves Time, Money

The CTA compares it to open heart surgery: the shutdown of the Wells Street Bridge for reconstruction, starting this weekend – affecting the Brown Line and five other lines. And Mayor Emanuel says the city is saving money – and time.

03/03/2013

Brown Line, Wells Street Bridge

CTA Train Routes Closed For Bridge Construction

It’s a big hassle for thousands of CTA riders and it’s all to replace a major Chicago bridge.

03/02/2013

Brown Line, Wells Street Bridge

Despite Warnings, Many Brown Line Commuters Unaware Of Upcoming Bridge Work

Riders have been warned for weeks, but apparently only now are some beginning to think about how they’ll get around, even though work to rebuild the Wells Street bridge over the Chicago River will cut off the Brown Line’s access to the Loop for 10 days.

03/01/2013

Brown Line Train

Brown Line Service Disrupted During Wells Street Bridge Construction

Attention Brown and Red Line CTA riders: Your commute is about to change in a major way.

02/28/2013

Passing the Merchandise Mart, a CTA 'L' train moves on the Wells Street double-decked, double-leaf trunnion bascule bridge over the Chicago River March 29, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. The Wells Street bridge, built in 1922, facilitates vehicular and pedestrian traffic as well. The Chicago River may have seen its first bridge in 1832 at Kinzie Street, a small bridge of wood for foot-traffic only. Two years later the first bridge to accommodate vehicles, a drawbridge, was built at Dearborn Street. The City of Chicago currently maintains 52 bridges, of which 37 are movable, spanning various parts of the Chicago River from the downtown area through the North and South branches, not including numerous railroad bridges. With all its tributaries from its furthest north to furthest south points, the Chicago River runs for 156 miles. Some of the current movable bridge types in the city range from the double and single-leaf trunnion bascule bridge, or "Chicago-type" bascule and the Strauss heel-type trunnion bascule railroad bridge to the city's last double-leaf Scherzer rolling lift bridge at Cermak Road. The first trunnion bascule bridge in Chicago, and the United States, was completed in 1902 and can still be seen and driven over at Cortland Street on the city's near-north side. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Wells Street Bridge Restoration To Close Road For A Year

With a poor rating from the National Bridge Inventory database last year, it’s time for a major revamp of the historic Wells Street Bridge.

07/22/2012

Passing the Merchandise Mart, a CTA 'L' train moves on the Wells Street double-decked, double-leaf trunnion bascule bridge over the Chicago River March 29, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. The Wells Street bridge, built in 1922, facilitates vehicular and pedestrian traffic as well. The Chicago River may have seen its first bridge in 1832 at Kinzie Street, a small bridge of wood for foot-traffic only. Two years later the first bridge to accommodate vehicles, a drawbridge, was built at Dearborn Street. The City of Chicago currently maintains 52 bridges, of which 37 are movable, spanning various parts of the Chicago River from the downtown area through the North and South branches, not including numerous railroad bridges. With all its tributaries from its furthest north to furthest south points, the Chicago River runs for 156 miles. Some of the current movable bridge types in the city range from the double and single-leaf trunnion bascule bridge, or "Chicago-type" bascule and the Strauss heel-type trunnion bascule railroad bridge to the city's last double-leaf Scherzer rolling lift bridge at Cermak Road. The first trunnion bascule bridge in Chicago, and the United States, was completed in 1902 and can still be seen and driven over at Cortland Street on the city's near-north side. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Wells Street Bridge Restoration To Close Road For A Year

If the historic Wells Street Bridge had eyes, it would have seen the last streetcar run through the city.

07/21/2012