Completion delayed for Peoria Street Bridge, CTA station

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Eisenhower Expressway traffic heads toward the Byrne Interchange. Photo: Timothy Nguyen/UIC News

Reconstruction of the Peoria Street Bridge and CTA station, originally set for completion in late December or early January, will not be finished until next spring.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the bridge over the I-290 Eisenhower Expressway is expected to be completed by April 1. The new CTA Blue Line station, which will include an elevator for accessibility, is scheduled to be completed May 31.

The first phase of work on the Halsted Street Bridge over the Eisenhower — reconstruction of the northbound lanes — also has a completion date of April 1. Reconstruction of the southbound lanes is scheduled for completion next September, along with the Harrison Street Bridge over I-90/94.

The Taylor Street ramp from I-90/94 is scheduled to be closed beginning Jan. 1. When construction begins on the Taylor Street Bridge,  scheduled to start March 1, two lanes will be closed until the bridge reopens in March 2016.

Work is also under way for a “flyover” ramp  that will carry traffic from the northbound traffic lanes of I-90/94, near the Taylor Street exit ramp, west over the expressway above Halsted Street. The ramp will slope down below Peoria Street, ending in the westbound traffic lanes of I-290.  Completion of this project is expected in July 2016.