Construction Update
31 Months In, Here’s What the Navy Pier Flyover Looks Like

From below, it still looks like segments of the bleached spine of a great sea monster washed up on the Chicago shoreline. But soon CDOT will finish assembling this serpentine collection of angles and curves into a new method of moving from north to south and south to north without setting dinosaurs on fire.

Navy Pier Flyover under construction (Courtesy of Loop Spy Joel)

Navy Pier Flyover under construction (Courtesy of Loop Spy Joel)

The Navy Pier Flyover is well on its way to looking like the pedestrian, bicycle, Segway, pedicab, and whatever-else-you’ve-got pathway we’ve all longed for since this part of downtown became a recreational hub decades ago. Loop Spy Joel sent in these photos of the project’s progress in linking Oak Street Beach, the park in front of Navy Pier, and Monroe Harbor.

Construction has been officially underway for 31 months, with at least 14 more to go. Probably more. It’s been three months since CDOT issued an official construction update, but if you visit the area every few weeks, it’s pretty easy to see that things are coming together like a fine-tuned Hannibal Smith plan.

Location: North Lake Shore Drive at the Chicago River, Streeterville


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  1. I ride my bike by this project everyday. The Golden Gate Bridge was built in less time.

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    • Funny comment. But actually the Golden Gate started construction Jan 1933 and finished May 1937. You still may end up being right though!

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