Crews are working to restore the bridge closer to the original 1923 designs. The new bridge deck incorporates safe, modern, multimodal features such as separated on-road bike lanes, walkways, overlook nooks and architectural lighting. The new design provides a non motorized crossing on the west end of the bridge. This is intended to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Project overview - August 2015 (PDF)
The 2015 season included below deck concrete rehabilitation and manufacture of "precast" bridge deck panels that were placed during the 2016 bridge closure. These panels were made at a site, adjacent to the river, just south of the Washington Avenue Bridge. This allowed use of river transportation to float these panels down the river, and these segments were hoisted by water borne cranes into their final positions.
Crews also salvaged remnant piers from 1889.
During the 2016 construction season, the bridge was closed for complete deck removal and replacement.
Through fall of 2017, the contractor will complete bridge restoration activities, along with final tasks and clean up.