Look Out Ahead, Chicago Residents

January 01, 2011

There are three constants in life: death, taxes and road construction in Chicago.

As 2011 begins, we wish for you a healthy year filled with low property taxes. But as far as the construction goes, an inconvenient project starting in the heart of downtown should have you rethinking your route anytime you visit the Loop over the next two years.

road work ahead signThe second phase of the Wacker Drive reconstruction project begins Monday, January 3.

Revive Wacker Drive, Part 2 will impact motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, CTA riders, taxi cab users and anyone else who encounters Upper or Lower Wacker Drive.

The construction project will completely shut down Upper Wacker Drive from Lake Street to Madison Street, including the intersections of Randolph and Washington at Wacker.

The Washington intersection will be closed to pedestrians as well.

Lower Wacker will be open to local traffic only.

A detour for drivers is being adjusted for traffic and will take some adjusting to: The alternate route, Franklin Street, will be converted from a one-way to a two-way street from Wacker to Van Buren.

The $300-million Wacker Drive project will create a safer, smoother, more efficient Lower and Upper Wacker Drive. The infrastructure is five decades old and no longer safe.

The entire project won’t be completed until December 2012.

More than a dozen CTA bus routes will also be affected. Visit transitchicago.com for more information on scheduling.

And, for more information on Revive Wacker Drive, visit wackerdrive.org.

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