The Union Pacific Railroad will remove the abandoned bridge deck at Main Street in Evanston on Saturday, April 20.

Main Street will be closed that day from Custer to Chicago avenues.

The bridge deck is being removed because the concrete slab is falling apart above the traffic lane and the sidewalk.

The deck being removed is the more westerly of the two U.P. viaducts at Main Street. The other one is used by Metra trains and will remain in place.

The street closure will start at 8 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. The pedestrian through traffic will be maintained at all times. In addition, flagmen will be present near the construction site nearby intersections to assist local residents and METRA commuters.

Here are the detour routes:

  • Eastbound traffic at Main and Custer will be directed south on Custer, east on Washington amd and north on Chicago.
  • Westbound traffic at Main St and Chicago will be directed north on Chicago, west on Greenleaf Street and south on Elmwood Avenue. 

Questions can be directed to Ron Rivera, Union Pacific Bridge Supervisor, at 847-287-4031 or to the City of Evanston’s Traffic Engineering Division by calling 3-1-1.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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