Crews were demolishing an old Western Avenue railroad bridge on Saturday, part of the improvements for the Bloomingdale Trail construction.

The work began Friday night, with the street closed from Cortland (1900 North) to Wabansia (1700 North). Cars and buses rerouted to California Avenue.

The demo project was supposed to be finished by 5 a.m. Monday, but the work was going more quickly than expected.

Neighbor Dan Fehrenbach said it appeared that the teardown was complete by Saturday evening. “The entire bridge had been demolished, and they were removing a huge pile of rebar,” he said.

The detours clogged Moffat Street Saturday, said Fehrenbach, who lives near Moffat and Western. “It’s a tiny street, and it was packed with cars all day.”

But traffic was getting back to normal Saturday evening, he said.

More bridge work is planned March 14-16, with Milwaukee Avenue to be closed from 2200 West to 2300 West.

A new bridge is planned, with the aim of having fewer Western Avenue bottlenecks and access to the Bloomingdale Trail, a linear park that will run almost three miles along an old rail line from Ashland to Ridgeway Avenues.

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