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Grand Avenue Bridge Closed For Repairs

(CBS) – A weekend inspection of the Grand Avenue bridge over  the Chicago River has prompted a two-week shutdown for repairs, the city announced Monday.

The double-leaf bascule bridge dates back to 1913 and was rehabbed in 1974.

"We are vigilant in the maintenance and repair of Chicago's historic bridges," Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein said in a news release. "By making these needed repairs, we are ensuring that the Grand Avenue Bridge will continue to provide access to the Near North Side for many more years to come."

The bridge was closed at 7 p.m. Monday.  Automobile, bicycle and pedestrian traffic will detoured around the bridge along Halsted Street, Chicago Avenue and LaSalle Street, CDOT said.

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