Bridge Construction Impacts Access to AMITA Health Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
Oak Street bridge closure temporarily eliminates vehicle access from the south, while Oak Street entrance remains open at AMITA Health Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
Hinsdale – Beginning May 19, the Village of Hinsdale’s Oak Street bridge, which allows vehicles traveling northbound on Oak Street to cross above busy METRA tracks, will be closed for reconstruction – impacting traffic access to AMITA Health Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s entrance at 120 N. Oak Street. The bridge reconstruction will force hospital patients and visitors to approach from Oak Street southbound only in order to access the facility’s self-parking structure, located directly under the Koplin Patient Pavilion.
“We are planning to keep access to the hospital from Oak Street open during this project,” said Michael Goebel, Chief executive officer at AMITA Health Adventist Hinsdale Hospital & Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. “There will be no change in how patients enter the hospital.”
Those who use the Oak Street bridge to access AMITA Health Adventist Hinsdale Hospital will need to use alternate routes. The closest secondary street north/south of the railroad crossings are at Wolf Road to the east and at N. Garfield Street to the west.
The good news is that the Village of Hinsdale has fast-tracked the project, with work scheduled to be substantially completed — meaning Oak Street and the new bridge open to traffic — by the end of this year.
According to Goebel, the end result will be well worth the challenges of temporarily navigating detours.
Goebel notes, “The reconstruction project will transform the old, cumbersome single lane structure into a more efficient two-lane bridge that will allow cars to pass in opposite directions, and provide new sidewalks for pedestrians – giving valued patients and staff faster, easier access to our hospital.”
In the meantime, city detours will have drivers use Garfield, 55th Street and County Line Road, instead of side streets to get around the construction. Chicago Avenue (which is 47th Street farther east) will become one-way for a 100-yard section near Oak Street. Temporary traffic signals will be installed to regulate the flow of vehicles, as eastbound and westbound traffic takes turns moving through the one-way stretch. For more about the project, visit the village’s project website at www.oakstreetbridgeproject.com.
About AMITA Health
AMITA Health (www.amitahealth.org) is an integrated health system serving more than 3.8 million residents of suburban Chicago. AMITA Health is a Joint Operating Company formed in February 2015 by Adventist Midwest Health, based in Hinsdale, ILL., and Alexian Brothers Health System, based in Arlington Heights, ILL., encompassing nine hospitals and an extensive physician provider network of more than 3,000 physicians. AMITA Health is committed to delivering the most efficient, highest quality, faith-based care possible and respecting the faith traditions of all people.