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April 9, 2014

Chicago River Bridge Lifts Mark Start of the 2014 Boating Season

27 Bridges to be Lifted From Ashland Avenue to Lake Shore Drive

The lifting of the movable bridges over the Chicago River for recreational boat traffic resumes later this month, running until the end of June.

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 is a local rite of spring, marking the beginning of the boating season,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld. “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 “boat runs,” the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one at a time. Each bridge lift takes an average of 8-12 minutes. A total of 27 bridges will be lifted in succession from the Ashland Avenue Bridge on the South Branch to Lake Shore Drive.

The Spring 2014 bridge lift schedule is as follows:

• Saturday, April 19th at 8 a.m.

• Wednesday, April 23rd at 9:30 a.m.

• Saturday, April 26th at 8 a.m.

• Wednesday, April 30th at 9:30 a.m.

• Saturday, May 3rd at 8 a.m.

• Wednesday, May 7th at 9:30 a.m.

• Saturday, May 10th at 8 a.m.

• Wednesday, May 14th at 9:30 a.m.

• Saturday, May 17th at 8 a.m.

• Wednesday, May 21st at 9:30 a.m.

• Wednesday, May 28th at 9:30 a.m.

• Saturday, May 31st at 8 a.m.

• Wednesday, June 4th at 9:30 a.m.

• Saturday, June 7th at 8 a.m.

• Wednesday, June 11th at 9:30 a.m.

• Saturday, June 14th at 8 a.m.

• Wednesday, June 18th at 9:30 a.m.

• Saturday, June 21st at 8 a.m.

• Wednesday, June 25th at 9:30 a.m.

• Saturday, June 28th at 8 a.m.