The Wells/Wentworth Connector is part an ongoing, large-scale urban development project in downtown Chicago. The urban development project, nicknamed ‘The 78’, entails the development of a 62-acre site along the banks of the Chicago River and is proposed to be the future home of a multitude of new residences, businesses, and parks.
At the heart of this development, is the connection and realignment of existing Wells Street and Wentworth Avenue to provide access throughout the development. This realignment required two new bridges to be designed and built to carry the METRA and CN rail lines, as well as nearly 1,400 linear feet of permanent retaining wall. Westbrook’s involvement in the project involved design of the permanent 2-track through plate girder bridge over Wells Street as well as the design of the nearly 1,400 linear feet of permanent retaining walls. Westbrook also provided a significant amount of construction engineering design including the design of temporary earth retention structures, two bridge roll-ins, railroad jump spans, etc.