Torrence Avenue is a North-South roadway with two lanes in each direction. Due to the deteriorating condition of the existing bridge structure carrying the Torrence Avenue over the Grand Calumet River, the bridge will have to be replaced.
- Enhance safety and improve mobility of traffic across the bridge that carries Torrence Avenue over the Grand Calumet River
- Reduce short/long-term maintenance costs by eliminating the deteriorating existing structure. The existing structure was closed to vehicular traffic in May 2015.
- Provide improved pedestrian/bicycle accommodations across structure along Torrence Avenue.
- Provide provisions for future bike path/walking trail along the Grand Calumet River.
- With an estimated construction cost of $11,000,000 approximately 143 jobs would be created.
Note: IDOT projects typically have three distinct phases. Phase I (or the project Study) consists of developing the project scope, environmental studies and preliminary design of a project. Phase II (Design) consists of refining the design to develop contract plans and land acquisition. Phase III (Construction) consists of the actual construction of the project.
The Torrence Avenue is a North-South roadway with two lanes in each direction. Due to the deteriorating condition of the existing bridge structure carrying the Torrence Avenue over the Grand Calumet River, the bridge was closed to traffic. The Torrence Avenue over Grand Calumet River Project (Contract 60R95) consists of the full replacement of the existing truss and precast prestressed concrete (PPC) box beam bridge.
The project scope consists of the following:
- Construction of a new continuous 3-span structure of welded plate girders superstructure and reinforced concrete deck with sidewalks/shared use path. Proposed Structure length is 471’-0” back to back of abutments.
- The new bridge will be supported by new stub abutments on piles and two new multi-column piers on drilled shaft.
- The structure will be widened to accommodate for bicycles and pedestrians per the Complete Streets Guidelines with sidewalk on the west side and sidewalks/shared-use path on the east side.
- Retaining walls will be constructed at Northwest quadrant and Southwest quadrant of the bridge to support the widened structure while staying within the project right-of-way.
- Roadway work will be required to taper the proposed structure width back to the existing roadway width.
- Construction of storm sewer and drainage structures, street lighting, landscaping and all incidental and collateral work as necessary to complete the improvements.
Maintenance of Traffic
Presently, Torrence Avenue traffic is being detoured due to the existing bridge closure and the same detour will be used during construction of the proposed new bridge.
Detour for Torrence Avenue traffic is: | Detour Map
- Northbound traffic on Torrence Avenue is detoured east on Sibley Boulevard, north on Burnham Avenue, northwest on Brainard Avenue, and west on 130th Street to Torrence Avenue.
- Southbound traffic on Torrence Avenue will take the reverse trip.
- Bridge Imploded March 3, 2016. Watch video here or pictures available in photo gallery.
- Work began on January 7, 2016
- Existing guard rail and trees removed
- Silt fence and inlet filters installed
- Bridge demolition in progress
This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.