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Kedzie Bridge reopens after reconstruction

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The newly restored Kedzie Avenue Bridge over the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal on the Southwest Side reopened Tuesday morning.

The three-span bridge, just north of 35th Street, was built in 1909 and last underwent major reconstruction in 1969. It has been completely restored with a new concrete roadway deck; repaired girders, floor beams and lateral bracing; and new sidewalks with fiberglass, according to a statement from the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The $5 million project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation and is part of "Building A New Chicago," Mayor Rahm Emanuel's comprehensive $7.3 billion infrastructure renewal program.

"Critical infrastructure upgrades like this must be made to strengthen our neighborhoods," Emanuel said in the statement.

"A restored Kedzie bridge will provide improved access to the industrial and commercial areas of the Southwest Side that are a key to Chicago's economy," he said.

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