The city of Chicago is replacing the Wells Street bascule bridge, one half at a time. These pictures are of the first half of the project. The other old leaf goes late in April.
I worked for a short time on a large construction project; a bridge, in fact. This image captures the crowded, somewhat chaotic and dangerous conditions that are all in a day’s work on a large construction site.
The stub of the old leaf which was torched off onto a barge is on the left, partially painted to match the new leaf on the right. The new section was then bolted onto the remnant of the old.