The 606 (also known as The Bloomingdale Trail) is a 2.7-mile-long park that repurposes an abandoned elevated train line into a walking/running/biking pathway above the neighborhoods of the northwest side of Chicago. The trail includes several bridge structures that span over existing city streets, one of which is the Milwaukee Avenue Bridge.
The original bridge structure consisted of three built-up, riveted, longitudinal girders that were simply supported on three interior steel piers and two concrete abutments. The concrete deck was supported by regularly spaced standard I-shape steel beams.
WJE performed calculations and provided erection details to verify that the existing bridge and new components had appropriate strength and stability throughout the entire conversion and rehabilitation. The multi-phase procedure involved the following tasks:
Converting the original simply supported longitudinal girders into three continuous girder lines using top flange, bottom flange, and web splice plates
Installing post-shore towers and hydraulic rams to uniformly jack the continuous three longitudinal girders from the existing piers and up to the proposed final elevation, providing for increased clearance to the roadway below
Assembling three new steel arches in a parking lot near the existing bridge
Tilting up the individual arches and connecting them with diagonal bracing to create a steel three-arch assembly
Lifting the entire three-arch assembly onto the existing longitudinal girders using a crane
Installing new suspension cables—sequentially tightened until the longitudinal girders lifted up off the post shores—between the new arch and the existing longitudinal girders
Removing the existing interior piers