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Construction starts on downtown Chicago bridge

CHICAGO – The next phase of repair work on a major downtown Chicago bridge could cause some problems for commuters this week.

Chicago Transit Authority officials said work on the historic Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River will affect service through Sunday. It’s the second phase of work. The bridge was closed for nine days in March as well. CTA officials said there are alternative service plans, including additional bus service, rerouted trains and a shuttle train for the “temporary inconveniences” for riders.

Workers are rebuilding parts of the bridge and replacing tracks. It is a busy junction that handles nearly 700 trains each week day.

The bridge is nearly 100 years old.

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