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Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive open after cracked beams found

February 12, 2019
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In this Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 photo, city officials stand under a cracked steel beam, used to support the roadway, after shutting down the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive due to a "structural emergency, at the bridge over the Chicago River. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — The northbound lanes of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive at the Chicago River are open to traffic again after the discovery two cracked steel beams used to support the roadway forced its closure.

Chicago Department of Transportation officials say the roadway along Lake Michigan reopened Tuesday afternoon in time for the evening rush hour. Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld says the damage was caused in part by the extreme swings in weather . She says the city was to erect several steel towers to support the bridge while permanent repairs are made.

Scheinfeld says crews making traffic signal repairs first noticed the cracks Monday. She says an unexpected amount of corrosion was discovered.

The broken beams caused traffic during Monday evening rush hour. Officials say the bridge usually handles about 60,000 vehicles a day.

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