Chicago River System Blue-Green Corridor Advances With Irving Park Road Underbridge
Friends of the Chicago River Executive Director Margaret Frisbie (far left) joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other dignitaries on November 18 for a groundbreaking for the 312 RiverRun.
The project is designed to connect Clark Park, California Park, and Horner Park through the development of two new miles of trail, the multi-modal Riverview Bridge to connect the trail on the east bank to the trail on the west, and underbridge connections at Addison and Irving Park Road. The new bridge and path are expected to be completed in summer 2020.
"The 312 RiverRun project is yet another example the invaluable resources the Chicago River provides to our residents," said Emanuel. The 312 RiverRun "will create an unparalleled network of outdoor recreational opportunities for residents while boosting neighborhood vibrancy and economic growth," he said.
Frisbie called the 312 RiverRun "a welcome addition to the Chicago River Trail system that will ultimately connect the river's entire 156 miles," adding that "establishing a continuous blue/green corridor is critical and will provide open natural space to the benefit of people and wildlife."
Construction will continue through the winter on the Riverview Bridge, which will cross over the North Branch and under the Addison Bridge. That 1,000-foot-long, 16-foot-wide span for runners, bicyclists and pedestrians will connect Clark Park to California Park. With an elevation of 18 feet, Riverview Bridge promises extraordinary views of the river when it is completed in summer 2019.
Chicago Park District Superintendent & CEO Michael P. Kelly predicted that the 312 RiverRun "will forever change the face of the riverfront on the north side for generations to come."
Also joining Frisbie, Emanuel and Kelly were Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld, Ald. Deb Mell (33rd), and Active Transportation Alliance Executive Director Ron Burke.