Motorists preparing for a leisurely drive down the Magnificent Mile may find themselves forced to take a detour on Thursday night, as the Chicago Department of Transportation is planning repair work on the bridge over the Chicago River.
CDOT announced that from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday night, the northbound curb and middle lanes will be closed on the Michigan Avenue bridge over the river. Beginning at 10 p.m., both the upper and lower levels of the bridge will be closed as workers repair the road bed, according to a press released issued by the city.
That closure will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Friday morning, and the northbound curb lane on the right side of the roadway will remain closed until at least 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
Detour signs will be posted on the bridge during the construction project. Motorists on Upper Michigan Avenue that are traveling northbound are encouraged to turn west on Wacker Drive, then northbound on Dearborn Street, east on Ohio Street, and then back to Michigan Avenue.
Motorists traveling south should turn west on Ontario Street, south on Clark Street, east on Wacker Drive, and then back onto Michigan Avenue.
CTA bus riders will need to check the Transit Chicago website for how the closures will impact bus routes through the downtown area.