Construction Update
Navy Pier Flyover

Navy Pier Flyover drawing

The Chicago Department of Transportation is making swift progress on the hike/bike/run/walk/skate/whatever bridge and ramp complex that will help non-drivers bypass the chaos of the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Navy Pier Land.

More towers and more spans will soon go up, making the Navy Pier Flyover look even more like the high-tech bridge that it is.

42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has the skinny in this e-mail he sent to his constituents:


Activity continues on the Navy Pier Flyover, an elevated path along the Lakefront Trail near Navy Pier. Once complete, the dedicated bike and pedestrian path will extend from the Chicago River Bridge to Jane Addams Park and provide a safer and scenic alternative to several congested intersections along the Lakefront Trail.

The first phase of construction began in March 2014. Ongoing work includes making structural connections for steel bridge spine sections between Ohio Street Beach and Grand Avenue, and between Illinois Street and Ogden Slip.

Upcoming work scheduled for July, where the steel spine will be set on shoring towers over Grand Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, and Illinois Street, will affect pedestrian and vehicular traffic during daytime and evening hours on all three streets.

This work will be completed in three separate stages, beginning at Grand Avenue (5 week duration), followed by Lake Shore Drive (3 week duration) and ending at Illinois Street (5 week duration).

Beginning Monday, July 13, Grand Avenue (east of Lake Shore Drive):  

  • Will be reduced to two westbound lanes and the right turn lane to the ramp onto northbound LSD.
  • The eastbound lane for Lake Point Tower garage access and the southernmost westbound lane will be closed.
    • Detour for Lake Point Tower Access Lane will be eastbound Illinois to northbound Streeter to westbound Grand
  • The island at the northeast corner of Grand and lower LSD will be closed and pedestrians will be routed to the south sidewalk of Grand.
  • Intermittent night-time closures from 10:00pm to 6:00am

Approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the work on Grand starts, the work between Lake Shore Drive and Lake Point Tower will require:  

  • Daily closures of two lanes on upper LSD between Illinois and Grand from 9:30am to 4:00pm.
  • The east sidewalk of lower LSD will be closed and pedestrians will be detoured around Lake Point Tower and onto the west sidewalk of lower LSD.

After the work on Grand is complete, the work over Illinois begins and will require:  

  • Illinois to be reduced to two lanes near the intersection of Illinois and lower LSD. The southern eastbound lane will be closed.
  • Intermittent night-time closures from 10:00pm to 6:00am
Location: North Lake Shore Drive at the Chicago River, Streeterville


Author: Editor

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