The Animal Bridge in Jackson Park, a 500-acre park on
Chicago’s south side, is a fanciful bridge in a city known
for its innovative bridge designs. It was the winning entry
in 1903 for a competition sponsored by the South Park
Nearing its centennial, the Animal Bridge was in need of
renovation, but the Chicago Department of Transportation
required that the renovated structure keep the characteristics
for which it is well known.
A total of four Contech structures were installed in
Jackson Park off South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois.
These projects required extensive research to
ensure that the new structures would accommodate heavy
highway, pedestrian and bicycle traffic, while also maintaining
the historical significance of the park.
For the Jackson Park Animal Bridge renovation, the original
Pink St. Cloud granite façade of this historic structure was
removed, refurbished and then reattached to the facing
of the new CON/SPAN® structure, a custom span matching
the existing bridge. The three other CON/SPAN® pedestrian
tunnels in the park include embedded conduit and lighting.