Morgan Street Bridge reopens after reconstruction

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The Morgan Street Bridge over the Eisenhower Expressway has been reopened to traffic after more than a year of reconstruction work, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced Monday night.

The bridge was rebuilt as part of a four-year, $420 million reconstruction project of the Jane Byrne Interchange that began in September 2013, according to a statement from the IDOT.

The rebuilt bridge is longer and includes more space under Morgan to allow for future improvements planned as part of an overhaul of the interchange, IDOT said. New sidewalks, modernized traffic signals and improved lighting were also added to the bridge.

The interchange project will also involve reconstruction of the Taylor, Harrison, Van Buren, Jackson, Adams, Monroe, Halsted and Peoria bridges over the Eisenhower and Dan Ryan expressways, IDOT said. The new bridges will include improvements such as bike lanes, wider sidewalks and improved access to public transit.

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