November 21, 2001

The Dearborn and Wells Street bridges were reopened to traffic today, Wednesday, November 21, allowing buses on five CTA routes to resume their regular routing across the Chicago River. Both bridges have been closed since August 27 for the reconstruction of Wacker Drive.

Three routes are resuming service north across the Dearborn bridge:

#22 Clark buses, which will continue north on Dearborn to Walton before entering Clark.

#36 Broadway buses, which will go north on Dearborn to Illinois before entering State.

#62 Archer buses, which will end their northbound trips at Kinzie before starting trips south on State.

Two other bus routes are resuming service south across the river at Wells:

#37 Sedgwick/Ogden buses, which will resume operating south on Wells to Harrison.

#125 Water Tower Express buses, which will operate south on Wells to Randolph and go west to Clinton to serve Ogilvie Transportation Center (North Western Station) and Union Station.

Buses on the #24 Wentworth route, which formerly ended their trips downtown at Wacker, will continue their current detour off Dearborn at Randolph because Wacker itself is not yet ready for reopening. #24 buses currently end their trips northbound via Dearborn, Randolph and LaSalle to Lake before beginning new trips south on Clark.

?We?d like to thank our customers for their patience over the past few months while our buses have been detoured," said CTA President Frank Kruesi, "The restoration of service across the Dearborn and Wells Street bridges will make bus trips faster and more convenient throughout the holiday season, and it will improve traffic overall because there will be fewer vehicles making turns."

For further information call 836-7000 (all local area codes).

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