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Navy Pier Flyover Work Heads to Lake Shore Drive

By David Matthews | July 11, 2015 8:18am | Updated on August 10, 2015 5:10pm

STREETERVILLE — After shutting down lanes on Grand Avenue, work on the Navy Pier Flyover is now poised to do the same on Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago Department of Transportation said.

Weather permitting, the two easternmost lanes of northbound LSD will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, and if necessary, Wednesday for the $60-million project, CDOT said. Additional lane closures on the thoroughfare are expected later this month. 

Construction crews shut down some lanes on Grand earlier this summer as they installed a steel spine on shoring columns for the flyover, which is aimed at easing pedestrian and bicyclist congestion near the lakefront. 

A flyover shoring column near Lake Shore and Grand. [DNAinfo/David Matthews]

The east sidewalk of Lower Lake Shore between Illinois and Grand will also be closed and pedestrians will be detoured around Lake Point Tower, 505 N. Lake Shore Drive, to the west sidewalk of Lower Lake Shore during construction. The easternmost lane of Lower Lake Shore will also be closed to motorists. 

After work is done on LSD, Illinois Street will be reduced to two lanes near Lower Lake Shore. The southern eastbound lane will also be closed. And additional intermittent closures may occur from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Once complete, the flyover will stretch from roughly Ohio Street Beach to DuSable Harbor, connecting to Navy Pier in between. The four-year project will be built in phases, with the first leg expected to be done by December. The whole flyover is expected to open in 2018. 

An estimated 20 million people traverse Chicago's 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail each year, with the tract near Navy Pier one of the path's busiest.

A map of the flyover. [Navy Pier Flyover]

Renderings of the flyover. [Navy Pier Flyover]

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