This weekend marked a major milestone in the ambitious rails-to-trails project known as The 606, as construction crews reinstalled the former Ashland bridge to its new home on Western Avenue. The 100 year old bridge was removed from Ashland just two weeks ago, and after receiving a major cleaning and repairs, the 70 foot bridge has been relocated and will now serve as an important connection for the nearly-three mile trail. The city decided to repurpose the old bridge, as it would be much less expensive than creating a new one. One thing that is interesting to note though, is that the Harriet Rees House in the South Loop will be moved almost the exact same way when it is relocated as a part of the McCormick Place entertainment district development.
[Ashland bridge move video by the Sun-Times]