Chicago unveils fully accessible, lakefront pedestrian bridge at 43rd Street

Pedestrian Bridge
The new pedestrian bridge at 43rd Street. Photo credit City of Chicago

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Chicagoans can now enjoy a new, fully accessible pedestrian and bike bridge at 43rd Street.

The bridge goes over DuSable Lake Shore Drive and nearby railroad tracks. Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended the ribbon cutting and said it’s about access for all to Chicago’s lakefront.

“This new 43rd Street pedestrian bridge is fully ADA accessible, with ramps for bicycles, wheelchairs and emergency vehicles.”

Previously, the 43rd Street bridge was deteriorating and non-ADA compliant, officials said.

Replacing the old bridge cost $36 million and was paid for with a combination of state and federal money.

City officials said the 43rd Street pedestrian bridge is the fourth of five new or rebuilt bridges that are all about making the lakefront more accessible.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: City of Chicago