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Cherry Avenue Bridge, Chicago, IL


This Chicago Department of Transportation project entails the rehabilitation of the Cherry Avenue Bridge over North Canal. The scope of the work includes structural steel repairs and restoration, new deck and railings, painting, new lighting, new sidewalks and approaches.

project details

Originally built in 1901-1902, this bobtail-style, structural steel truss, swing bridge gained historical landmark status in 2007. The extensive structural steel repairs required to maintain the structural integrity of the bridge and other aspects of renovation to the bridge all need to conform to the original design intent. Architectural upgrades include installation of new fiber glass decking, new lights on the bridge, landscaping of adjacent areas, repair of existing river walls, and new sidewalks connecting the bridge to North Avenue and the industries located on Goose Island. The majority of this project’s scope of work are the structural steel repairs. The age of the bridge, as well as a recent fire, caused severe deterioration and corrosion throughout the bridge and even deformation of one of the main floor built up steel members. As a result, extreme care must be taken during the repairs so that no further damage is caused. Several of the repairs require jacking and temporary support systems.

Through Rausch Construction Company’s skilled and qualified team, Rausch is able to self-perform the rehabilitation of timber walls, retaining wall construction, structural steel repairs and concrete work.

The critieria that the railroad bridge remain active during construction presents a unique challenge requiring all work to occur without compromising or disrupting the scheduled freight train movements.


September 2008 – August 2009
2.5 Million
Marine Construction, Heavy/Civil Construction, Transportation Construction