A bridge on Chicago’s South Side delivers on striking design, large-scale pipe fabrication and greater access to Lake Michigan. Before Chicago’s 41st Street pedestrian bridge was constructed in 2018, Lake Shore Drive, a busy eight lane expressway that is flanked by a series of train tracks, kept South Side residents from easily accessing the Lake Michigan shoreline, one of the city’s greatest treasures. Anyone hoping to take a dip in the lake or a stroll on the beach had to go several blocks out of their way. It was an issue that the city had recognized several years prior.
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