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Chicago breaks ground on latest Riverfront development, 312 Riverrun

Chicago breaks ground on latest Riverfront development, 312 Riverrun,ph01
Image tweeted by Epstein of the Riverview Bridge

The Illinois Constructors Corp. began construction on the latest riverfront developments, 312 RiverRun, which will connect three North Side parks with one bike and pedestrian path for nearly two miles.

Construction also includes the groundbreaking of the Riverview Bridge, which will cross over the North Branch of the Chicago River and under the Addison road bridge.

This project is part of Mayor Emanuel’s initiative to transform former industrial corridors into recreation space.

“A new century for Chicago requires a new plan for Chicago’s Parks, one that draws on the inspiration of Daniel Burnham to use our river and lake to better connect communities and enhance residents’ quality of life,” Mayor Emanuel said in a statement. “The 312 RiverRun will create an unparalleled network of outdoor recreational opportunities for residents while boosting neighborhood vibrancy and economic growth.”

The bridge design team was led by Epstein, a Chicago engineering firm that has designed the redevelopment of Midway Airport as well as the expansions of McCormick Place Convention Center. The bridge, which will reach more than 1,000 feet long and 16 feet wide, will be the longest pedestrian river bridge in the city.

Once completed, 312 RiverRun will connect Horner Park to the north and Clark Parks to the south. It will extend across 95 acres with facilities and programming for athletic activities supported by the Chicago Park District.

The Riverview Bridge is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. A second Chicago Department of Transportation project, the Irving Park Road Bridge will begin construction next year and be completed in 2019. The completion of these projects establish the full 312 RiverRun with a continuous path from Belmont to Montrose.

“We are thrilled that the 312 RiverRun will bring together communities and expand recreational and fitness options on Chicago’s North Side,” said Chicago Park District CEO & Superintendent Michael P. Kelly in a statement. “This project is yet another example of our commitment to investing in our city’s riverfront and reclaiming it as an invaluable resource for recreation.”