April 16, 2019
Construction on the Epstein-designed and engineered Riverview Bridge is moving along nicely.
Our FAA licensed pilot, Dave Hilty, PE, Epstein's Project Manager in Civil Engineering, put our drone to work by capturing the project's latest progress. Watch the video here.
Dave shared the following insight as to the project's current status:
"The substructure is well underway! Reinforced concrete columns are being installed, sheeting for the at-grade portion of the path is in at both the Addison Bridge and California Park.
"The erosion control measures are performing spectacularly, as no evidence of sedimentation can be seen entering the river."
Over the past decade, the City of Chicago has made a concerted effort to invest in the Lakefront, the Chicago River, natural areas and recreational opportunities in neighborhoods citywide. The Riverview Bridge, which will complete a critical link in the riverfront trail, spanning from the city core to the northern trails, is a prime example of this civic investment.
By running off-road and below Addison Street, the bridge will span over the river to California Park, creating a contiguous 2-mile long recreational trail called the "312 RiverRun." Reaching more than 1,000 feet long and 14 feet wide, it will be the longest pedestrian river bridge in the city. It will also have a vertical clearance of more than 18 feet to accommodate recreational boat use and its separation from the arterial streets will eliminate the need for users to cross major streets, enhancing pedestrian safety.
The bridge is scheduled to be complete in 2019.