Cracked beam closes part of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive

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CHICAGO (AP) — The northbound lanes of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive at the Chicago River are closed after the discovery of two cracked steel beams used to support the roadway.
Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld says the damage was caused in part by the extreme swings in weather .
The broken beams caused traffic to be tied up through the Monday evening rush hour. Scheinfeld said she hopes the road will be open in time for Tuesdays’ evening rush hour.
According to the Transportation Department, the bridge usually handles about 60,000 vehicles a day.
Scheinfeld said the cracks were first noticed Monday by a crew making traffic signal repairs. She says an unexpected amount of corrosion was discovered.
Scheinfeld says the city will erect several steel towers to support the bridge so the city can reopen it while permanent repairs are made.