The lifting of the movable bridges over the Chicago River for recreational boat traffic resumes this week, running on Wednesday and Saturday mornings through mid-November.
Each year, in the spring and fall, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) raises the movable bridges along the Main and South Branches of the Chicago River to accommodate recreational boats traveling to and from their storage yards.
“The lifting of Chicago’s iconic movable river bridges every fall marks the closing of the boating season,” said CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein. “The City coordinates with local boat storage yards each year to create a schedule that accommodates boats while creating the least amount of impact on downtown street traffic.”
During these spring and fall “boat runs,” the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one at a time. Each bridge lift takes an average of 8-12 minutes. This fall, 27 bridges will be lifted in order beginning in the morning at Lake Shore Drive to the Ashland Avenue Bridge on the South Branch.
The Fall 2013 bridge lift schedule is as follows:
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