Raw video: Time lapse of the Wells Street bridge deconstruction

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Time lapse: Breaking down the Wells Street bridge in Chicago from Craig Newman on Vimeo.

As Brown and Purple Line CTA riders are all too aware, the Wells Street bridge is undergoing some major construction and upgrades this week.

Iron workers, CTA personnel and others are working around the clock to tear down the 90-year-old bridge for upgrades and repairs. This video, unedited and in its entirety, was shot over just more than 48 hours from Friday night to Sunday night.

At about the 4:10 mark you can see an older section of bridge being detached and moved away by barge and tug boat - the iron workers can be see, sparks flying, cutting that section away leading up to the separation.

Thousands of frames - an image was made every 30 seconds from about 7 p.m. Friday through about 10:30 p.m. Sunday - were captured during the course of work as weekend life in Chicago buzzed by the bridge work.

As Monday's holiday rush hour hit, commuters were venting various levels of frustration at slowed travel times with at least a week more of work to be done.

"It was horrible," said Meaghan Divane, 25, who got on at the Brown Line Wellington stop. "There were just a lot of delays. ... It was confusing for everybody."

The CTA has a webpage dedicated to information on the bridge work, though the highlight of advice is telling commuters to find alternate routes or leave early.

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