Van Buren bridge reopens one month ahead of schedule

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The Van Buren Bridge over the Chicago River reopened to traffic Thursday morning after more than five months of construction.

The construction on the 57-year-old bridge was completed on budget and a month ahead of schedule, according to a statement from the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The $2.5 million project was funded through the TIF program, and included a new roadway deck, repaired girders, floor beams and lateral bracing, according to CDOT.

On Tuesday, Mayor Emanuel visited with CDOT iron workers as they completed the final work.

“The Van Buren Bridge is an important piece of our infrastructure, and this reconstruction project will ensure this historic bridge can continue to serve residents as they travel to and from work for generations to come,” Emanuel said in the statement.

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