As part of the overall Jane Byrne (Circle) Interchange project, the Van Buren Street Bridge over the Northbound and Southbound I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) was closed for reconstruction on October 9, 2017 and is anticipated to re-open in the Summer of 2019.
The project consists of replacing the Van Buren Street Bridge over Northbound and Southbound I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway).
The limits of work on Van Buren Street extend from just east of Halsted Street to just west of Des Plaines Street. The proposed new bridge is a part of the overall Jane Byrne (Circle) Interchange reconstruction and will create additional space underneath the bridge along I-90/94 necessary for the future proposed I-90/94 proposed mainline lanes, Ramp SE (I-90/94 Southbound to I-290 Inbound - Congress Parkway Eastbound), Ramp SW (I-90/94 Southbound to Congress Parkway Outbound - I-290 Westbound) and a Northbound I-90/94 proposed Collector-Distributor (CD) road.
In addition to the removal and replacement of the Van Buren Street Bridge, the project includes the construction of a retaining wall that will connect the Halsted Street Bridge north abutment to the Van Buren Street west bridge abutment. The proposed wall will enable aesthetic improvements to the southeast corner of the intersection of Halsted Street and Van Buren Street within Greektown (Elysian Field), including the relocation of the existing Greektown monument (existing obelisk) from Quincy Street. Other project work elements include drainage, existing siphon reconstruction, underpass and city street/bridge lighting, signing, traffic control and protection, landscaping and urban enhancements.