Lake Shore Drive Construction Projects

Next Stage of Interchange Reconstruction on the Stevenson at Lake Shore Drive

There has been roadwork for the past couple of months on Lake Shore Drive southbound to the outbound Stevenson Expressway as the first phase of a reconstruction project. Now, beginning Monday, October 19th, there are more lane restrictions for the next phase of the project. Some overnight lane closures will be required for the work zone.

This work should conclude on November 3rd, though the new configuration will be in place through the summer of 2016. Here are the closures per the Illinois Department of Transportation:

  • Inbound Stevenson: The three existing mainline lanes approaching the interchange will be reduced to two 11-foot wide lanes starting just east of the Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90/94).
  • Inbound Stevenson to southbound Lake Shore Drive ramp: The existing single lane will be reduced to an 11-foot width, with traffic shifted to the right side of the ramp.
  • 25th Street from Martin Luther King Drive to Donnelly Drive/McCormick Place Busway: The existing lanes will be reduced to 12-foot widths and shifted south. One lane will be maintained in each direction and street parking will be eliminated. Access to Donnelly Drive/McCormick Place Busway will be maintained.
  • The State Street ramp to the inbound Stevenson and Martin Luther King Drive exits: All will remain open.
Lake Shore Drive Resurfacing Project to begin Monday, October 19th, 2015

Starting Monday, October 19th, 2015, two northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive will close daily between Grand/Illinois and North Avenue. There will be two shifts of closures each day; from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the day Monday through Thursday, and overnights from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

There will be a complete closure of the Oak Street Beach area “S” curve on two separate overnight occasions. Traffic will be detoured onto Michigan and Chicago Avenues to go around the work area. There is no word as of yet as to which dates those full closures will take place.

This resurfacing project is scheduled to conclude after four weeks, with single lane closures occurring throughout the duration for curb work.


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