Project Owner

Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)



Services Provided

Phase II Design Services


Chicago, IL

Year of Construction


41st Street Pedestrian Bridge

HBM Engineering Group, LLC played a crucial role in the structural design of approach structures and stairs for the 41st Street Pedestrian Bridge project, undertaken in collaboration with AECOM and commissioned by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). This pedestrian bridge project serves to connect the Bronzeville community to the Lakefront, spanning Lake Shore Drive and active railroad tracks. It links the new William Davis Park in Oakland with the Lakefront Trail in Burnham Park and provides access to the Oakwood Beach area.

Key Aspects of the Project:

  1. Pedestrian Bridge Design: The project involved the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge spanning a significant distance and crossing over Lake Shore Drive and active rail lines. The bridge’s primary purpose was to provide a safe and accessible passage for pedestrians and cyclists between the Bronzeville neighborhood and the 41st Street Beach.

  2. Approach Structures: The approach structures included the outer portions of the bridge that traverse the recreational parks on both sides of Lake Shore Drive and the railway tracks. These approach structures were integral to the bridge’s overall design and functionality.

Project Highlights:

The 41st Street Pedestrian Bridge project was characterized by its remarkable accomplishments and engineering feats. Overcoming the challenge of spanning 1,470 feet over active rail lines, catenary wires, and all eight lanes of Lake Shore Drive was a testament to the project’s innovative design and careful execution.

One of the most striking elements of the project was the bridge’s twisting approaches, forming a giant ‘S’ as it connected the Park Crescent community in Bronzeville to the 41st Street Beach. The inclined, fabricated steel arches that supported the bridge were not only functional but also added an artistic and aesthetic dimension to the project.

HBM’s Scope:

  • Structural Design of Approach Structures and Stairs
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEM)
  • Preparation of Final Plans, Specifications, and Preliminary Scope of Engineering (PSE) Estimate for the bridge.
  • Shop Drawing Reviews
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Social Impact and Accessibility:

The significance of the project extended beyond engineering achievements. It addressed a critical need for improved accessibility to Chicago’s public parks, especially on the South Side. Prior to this project, many of the existing bridges did not comply with wheelchair accessibility and ADA standards, limiting access for individuals with disabilities.

The 41st Street Pedestrian Bridge was designed with inclusivity in mind. It provided a safe and accessible route for residents to access and enjoy the city’s lakefront and other public assets. It contributed to a more vibrant and connected community, enabling residents to fully enjoy the city’s amenities and natural beauty.

41st Street Pedestrian Bridge project was a triumph of engineering and design, transforming a challenging urban landscape into a symbol of accessibility, connectivity, and community enhancement. HBM's contribution to this project was pivotal in realizing its vision and in addressing the essential need for improved accessibility and inclusivity in the city of Chicago.