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Lakefront Trail To Be Split Into Two Lanes From Ardmore To Montrose

By Linze Rice | July 25, 2017 6:09am
 Where the Lakefront Trail begins (or ends) at Ardmore Avenue in Edgewater.
Where the Lakefront Trail begins (or ends) at Ardmore Avenue in Edgewater.
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EDGEWATER — The city is holding an open house next week to present its plans for separating the Lakefront Trail's two northernmost miles into two distinct lanes: one for cyclists and one for runners.

The span of the trail between Ardmore and Montrose avenues is set to be split into a 12-foot-wide asphalt bike trail, which will be closest to Lake Shore Drive, and a 20 foot wide pedestrian path with 14 feet of asphalt and 6 feet of soft surface mix on either side. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans last year to separate paths for runners and bicyclists along 7 miles of the busy Lakefront Trail between Fullerton Avenue and Ohio Street and from 31st to 51st streets.

In December, the city received a $12 million gift from Ken Griffin, a donor of Emanuel's and the richest man in Illinois, which allowed the Chicago Park District to add the remaining 11 miles of the trail to its plans for redevelopment.

Residents will get a chance to see how the northern lakefront path will be separated at an open house from 4-7 p.m. on Aug. 1 inside Uptown's Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine Drive.

Representatives from the park district, as well as the Chicago Area Runners Association and Active Transportation Alliance will present a draft of its plans, as well as gather feedback and answer questions.