Deck replacement is under way on Chicago�s 54-year-old Congress Parkway Bridge.

This phase of the project takes out the existing open-grid steel deck and replaces it with new closed-deck system that has a skid-resistant surface to make a smoother, safer ride for drivers.

Deck removal is being handled by Omega Demolition using two 115-ton Liebherr cranes from Imperial Crane Service.

General contractor for the overall rehabilitation project, which began in April and is scheduled for completion in October, is Walsh Construction Co., Chicago.

The bridge, which carries 139,000 vehicles per day over the South Branch of the Chicago River in the heart of downtown Chicago, is owned by the Illinois Dept. of Transportation.

The $33-million reconstruction project includes structural, mechanical, and electrical improvements.