The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that the North Lake Shore Drive repaving project between Monroe St. and Grand Ave. is ahead of schedule. Shortly after morning rush hour on Thursday, September 13, construction crews are expected to change traffic configurations on N. LSD. Drivers should notice an improved commute as they will be driving on newly resurfaced lanes between Monroe St. and Grand Ave.
The new traffic pattern will re-open the inner two lanes of traffic in each direction and close the outer two lanes northbound and southbound. Additionally, at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, the northbound exit ramp from LSD to Illinois St. and the southbound exit ramp to Randolph St. will be closed for repairs and resurfacing. Also, at 7:00 p.m., DuSable Harbor parking will be restricted. The northbound exit at Randolph St. and the ramp from Randolph St. to Lower LSD will remain open until work on the Illinois St. ramps is completed. Once Illinois St. reopens, the Randolph St. ramps will be resurfaced. There may also be periodic closures of Lower LSD and Wacker Dr. to ensure worker and motorist safety if surface work requires extensive repairs.
CDOT is carrying out the work on an accelerated schedule with around the clock lane closures and crews working double shifts in order to complete the repairs as quickly and safely as possible, with a minimum amount of inconvenience for drivers. Currently, the project remains on schedule.
Once the mainline resurfacing is complete, motorists can expect periodic partial lane closures on LSD in both directions for pavement striping and punch list work on both projects. This work will take place during off peak times, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting.
CDOT continues to encourage motorist to seek alternative routes or public transportation until the project is completed.
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