Morgan Street Bridge –
Work completed October 6, 2014!

As part of the overall Circle Interchange project, the Morgan Street Bridge, as well as the Westbound I-290 exit ramp to Morgan Street, was closed for reconstruction beginning September 2013 until approximately late Fall, 2014.

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The Morgan Street Bridge was closed in its entirety and will be re-opened to vehicular traffic in late Fall, 2014. It is anticipated that Morgan Street CTA station is to be open to the public by Memorial Day.

The project includes reconstruction of Morgan Bridge over I-290 and CTA Blue Line, construction of retaining walls, relocation of existing water main and sewers, traffic signals, and roadway lighting. Project also requires extensive coordination with ComEd to maintain their existing high voltage cables during the construction of new bridge.

The detour for the Morgan Street Bridge closure is Van Buren Street to Racine Street to Harrison Street. 

The detour for the Westbound I-290 exit ramp to Morgan Street is:

  • From Southbound I-90/94 - exit Adams Street
  • From Northbound I-90/94 - exit Ashland Avenue, backtrack east via Jackson Boulevard or Harrison Street
  • Exiting access is prohibited from Westbound I-290/Congress Parkway

Additionally, the Morgan Street CTA entrance was closed starting September 23, 2013. The nearby CTA stations at Peoria Street and Halsted Street will continue to be in full service until the Morgan Street Station is opened.
Lane shifts will be needed on I-290 to enable bridge pier and abutment construction.  A lane closure on westbound I-290 is anticipated from Jefferson Street to the merging of the SW and NW ramp for maintaining traffic.

The construction contract was awarded to F.H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen, Inc. on August 22, 2013, and the scope of work involves the complete removal and replacement of the existing bridge structure which carries Morgan Street over Eisenhower Expressway (I-290). The new bridge structure will be longer to create space underneath along I-290 for the future improvements planned for the interchange between the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) and I-290, locally known as the Circle Interchange.

Morgan Street Features Include:

  • When completed, Morgan Street will consist of 2 lanes in each direction
  • Ornamental bridge parapets for fencing and railings
  • Sidewalk on both sides varying in width from 9 to 11 feet
  • The traffic signal at the Morgan St. and Westbound I-290 Exit Ramp/Tilden St. intersection will be modernized
  • Underpass bridge lighting will also be upgraded along I-290 underneath the bridge
  • Existing sidewalks will be reconstructed to current ADA standards per the City of Chicago requirements.
  • Existing bridge mounted signs will be upgraded.

The Department appreciates your patience and understanding as we work to improve the multi-modal connections in your community.

If you have questions or comments regarding the construction activities, please submit via the Stay Informed.