Concrete falls from Western-Belmont bridge; demolition not until late next year

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The report of falling concrete from the bridge above Belmont and Western avenues came in Sunday afternoon. Bridge engineers hired by the city worked on the damage some Sunday and Monday; those who pass by can see some of the patchwork they have put in place until they tear it down for good.
Pictures taken Sunday show debris from above where pedestrians and cars below are coming and going at all hours. A police station is nearby; bus stops pepper the intersection. Lane Tech students frequent the long stretch of Western Avenue before and after class five days a week.
The Chicago Department of Transportation maintains the bridge is still safe and passing inspections but with a "structurally deficient label": one not warranting immediate demolition for fear of collapse, the department claims.
The department says it is constantly monitoring and cleaning up loose areas of the bridge, which is scheduled to come down in late spring or early summer of 2015.
The photographs used in the above video are courtesy of DNA Info. To read their original story, go here.


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