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The bridge was formally rededicated in September, 2003.
The bridge reconstruction and the replacement heads' sculptor, Paul Petreanu (Galloy and Van Etten) were honored with a Paul Cornell Award by Hyde Park Historical Society at its Annual Dinner, February 5, 2005.

Animal Bridge reopening in time for boating season

Hyde Park Herald, May 14, 2003. By Maurice Lee

 

The Chicago Department of Transportation is set to reach another milestone in its South Lake Shore Drive project this week when crews reopen Jackson Park's Animal Bridge, Coast Guard Drive and Marquette Drive to traffic. According to CDOT spokesman Brian Steele, the waterway beneath the bridge, which connects the Jackson Park Inner and Outer Harbors, will reopen by May 15 to coincide with the start of boating season.

CDOT expects to reopen Animal Bridge to pedestrian and northbound vehicular traffic by the end of the month, though work on the bridge will not be completed.

"Our commitment has always been to have the waterway open for the beginning of the boating season," said Steele. "Instead of waiting until the finishing touches were done [to the rest of the bridge] we wanted to return the bridge to use as soon as we were able."

Construction will continue at the bridge through June, as crews complete work on the historic stone facade of the bridge.

Structural work on the bridge has already been completed and workers are now reattaching the ornate stone blocks of the original Animal Bridge to the facade of the new structure.

Work at the pedestrian underpass, which will run along Marquette Drive, will continue until early 2004.

Construction on the South Lake Shore Drive project is scheduled to continue until the project's completion in May 2004.

Animal Bridge and underpass at Marquette Dr. from west detailing of the new bike/ped underpass at Marquette with Animal Bridge details behind
Heads and other detailing on the restsored Animal Bridge  

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