The Randolph Street Bridge is Open – Now with Bike Lanes!

As I left work a little early last Friday, to kick off Memorial Day Weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they had re-opened the Randolph Street bridge that spans the Chicago River.

An even nicer surprise was that they put in bike lanes!  And not plated bike lanes as on the Wells street and Webster avenue bridges, but cement bike lanes.


In fact, it looks as though they simply poured the concrete into the bridge gratings.


They’ve been a cinch to ride over and I think I might even prefer them to the plating on the other bridge bike lanes. I wonder if this technique is easier to install than the plating, and I wonder how long it will last?   Time for some of you urban planner-types to weigh in!

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