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Lane closures, construction tied to Obama presidential center to bring traffic headaches to Jackson Park – NBC Chicago

Motorists using DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Hayes Drive and Stony Island Avenue should prepare for traffic headaches as work begins on $174 million in roadway improvements tied to the Obama Presidential Center.

Beginning Thursday, one southbound lane of DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed between 57and Hayes Street and Drive.

The lane will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dave Miller, project manager for the Chicago Department of Transportation, said the biggest impact is expected to be felt during the afternoon rush hour. Suggested alternate routes include Cornell Drive and Stony Island Avenue.

Starting Monday, Hayes Drive will be closed west of DuSable Lake Shore Drive for bridge improvements and construction of a pedestrian underpass. Detours will be posted.

There will be lane closures during the day and parking restrictions on Hayes between DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Stony Island Avenue.

Stony Island Avenue will also be impacted by “intermittent daytime lane closures on northbound lanes” between Marquette Road and 59th Street.

During a Tuesday briefing, Miller said the “big impact” on traffic will be the “long-term lane reduction” on southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive south of 57and Street.

“We want to encourage people, if they have alternative routes or alternative means, to use them. We suspect, especially during the afternoon rush hour, that we will see some traffic backups on the Southbound Drive as we approach 57and“said Miller.

Miller stressed that access will be maintained to all Chicago Park District clubhouses, trails, ball diamonds, parking lots and golf courses.

“A big goal of this project is to improve pedestrian safety, bike safety in and around Jackson Park and make it a more connected park for all of these users. So even during construction, we will ensure that that these users have safe access to move around the park,” Miller said.

The city hopes to complete the widening of Stony Island Avenue and construction of the additional lane on southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive by late fall 2023.

CDOT deputy chief engineer Dan Burke was asked if speed bumps would be installed in neighborhoods south of Jackson Park to prevent motorists from crossing residential side streets.

“Street crossings in a neighborhood are always a concern, regardless of the construction project we carry out. This is something we are monitoring and taking very seriously,” he said.

“Marquette will be available. 57and will be available for redirection. People use 67and to also access the Drive. So there are lots of options. I don’t think the cut quarters [will be necessary]. We will be monitoring this closely and taking action to address it if we see this dynamic occurring. But we do not anticipate it. »



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