Traffic on the outbound Kennedy Expressway was snarled Saturday as the highway was reduced to one lane while crews removed the last parts of the Montrose Avenue bridge for reconstruction.
All lanes and ramps on the expressway, with the exception of the Montrose entrance ramp, were open again by 7 a.m. Sunday, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The Kennedy was cut to a single lane Friday night starting at Diversey Avenue, with all traffic routed to express lanes by midnight for construction, according to IDOT.
Chicago: Work continues on the demolition of the Montrose Bridge over the Kennedy Expressway. Be alert for lane and ramp closures on the inbound Edens and Kennedy. Lanes and ramp closures are expected to be in place until Monday morning. pic.twitter.com/fOS8gSZ2x8— IDOT_Illinois (@IDOT_Illinois) January 23, 2021
The construction was initially scheduled for Jan. 29, but was postponed for inclement weather, according to IDOT.
The removal and replacement of the Montrose bridge was divided into three parts, with the first section removed in January and the third section planned for removal in the early spring.
Bridge improvements, which include new pavement and improved lighting, are expected to be completed this summer.