People who need to get to the DePaul Lincoln Park campus will have more of a challenge during the next year, as a rebuilding project gets underway. Slated to last approximately one year, the Halsted Street Bridge will be rebuilt and will be closed to all traffic. The project site will be at the Halsted Street Bridge over the North Branch Canal of the Chicago River. The bridge currently is the connecting structure from the Goose Island area to Chicago’s Near North Side. Because there will be no temporary bridge constructed to take the place of the Halsted Street Bridge under construction, some people who work and attend the Lincoln Park campus will need to seek alternative transportation routes.
The construction is slated to run until December of 2011, as the newly built bridge will replace the 1909 built movable bridge that has not been in operation for over 25 years. The City of Chicago feels that a movable type bridge is not necessary anymore because this portion of the Chicago River does not handle large boats that have masts anymore. During the North Avenue Bridge repair project, the City of Chicago erected a temporary bridge to accommodate traffic, but since this will not be the case during the Halsted Bridge project, commuters will need to revise their commuting times and routes.