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Bridge repair gets state funding

Gov. Pat Quinn today announced approval of $2.38 million in state funding to repair the Bridge Street bridge over the North Shore Channel in Evanston.

The Bridge Street bridge, in an image from Google Maps.

Gov. Pat Quinn today announced approval of $2.38 million in state funding to repair the Bridge Street bridge over the North Shore Channel in Evanston.

The bridge, which links Simpson Street with McCormick Boulevard at the Evanston Ecology Center, is the only one over the canal in Evanston that's considered to be structurally deficient.

The project, which has been in the works for at least five years, will also widen the bridge deck to provide bike lanes and an extra-wide sidewalk for wheelchair users.

The governor said the project is part of his $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, the largest capital construction program in the state's history.

The contract for the work has been awarded to Illinois Constructors Corporation of Elburn.

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