BRONZEVILLE — A tall, sleek white bridge designed to allow cyclists and pedestrians to soar over Lake Shore Drive at 35th Street was set to open Wednesday evening, officials said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was scheduled to celebrate the opening of the city’s second suspension bridge that spans the southern portion of Lake Shore Drive.

Unlike the narrower bridge that previously straddled the drive at 35th Street, the suspension bridge will be 20 feet wide and fully accessible to people with disabilities, city Transportation Department spokesman Mike Claffey said.

Like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the weight of the 35th Street bridge is suspended over the roadway “by cables, ropes or chains from two tall towers.”

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Pictured above: Hasani Steele at the entrance to the new 35th St. bridge. Additional photos courtesy of