Major Infrastructure Projects in Ward 44
The Chicago Park District, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, is bringing an artificial turf athletic field and improved natural area and picnic lawn located in Lincoln Park between Barry and Diversey, just west of Outer Lake Shore Drive. The field will be used to host practices for Lincoln Park High School and Lakeview High School sports, and will also be available for recreational use by the community.
The Red and Purple Modernization Program (RPM) will completely rebuild the North Red Line from Belmont to Howard. In ward 44, construction is currently underway on the Red-Purple Bypass. This Bypass will eliminate a century-old bottleneck that prevents CTA from increasing train service. Currently, there is a flat rail intersection, all northbound have to cross over the four tracks used by northbound and southbound Red and Purple Line trains. With this new bypass, northbound Brown Line trains will proceed over the intersection on a dedicated track. This improvement will enable the CTA to better address growing demand and reduce overcrowding during rush hour periods. The completion of Red-Purple Bypass will allow for the addition of up to eight more red line trains per hour during rush periods, the accommodation of up to 7,200 additional customers per hour during rush periods, and increased red and purple line speeds by 60 percent through this intersection.
The Chicago Department of Transportation is engaged in an effort to improve the Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland intersection and extend the streetscape improvements east on Belmont.
The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation are directing the North Lake Shore Drive Phase 1 Study. Throughout the Phase 1 Study, the project team is charged with reviewing the current road configuration and redesigning the corridor and adjacent park trails into a more multi-modal system that accommodates people who walk, transit users, and auto users.