What’s Summer in Chicago Without Road Construction?

July 05, 2011

The next stage of the Wacker Drive reconstruction project has begun, prompting new closings and reroutes of which Chicago residents should be aware.

Revive Wacker Drive, Part 2, began Tuesday, will continue through December and will close Madison Street from Canal to Franklin and Washington to Monroe.

The street will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians, who will be redirected to Canal and Franklin for north-south access. Eastbound travelers can use Monroe and Washington, while westbound traffic can take Adams and Randolph.

road work ahead sign

The CTA has rerouted 14 bus routes in response to the project. To find out where your bus is going to be, visit transitchicago.com.

Madison is also the main route from both Union and Ogilvie train stations, so give yourself more time to get around the construction.

The $300 million, two-year reconstruction project of Upper and Lower Wacker Drive began in January. The first stage, the reconstruction of Randolph to Washington, was completed on-time and within budget.

The final stage of the project — the reconstruction from Monroe to Van Buren, is scheduled to take place from January through December, 2012.

“Crews have been working day and night through sometimes-grueling weather conditions to maintain an aggressive construction schedule,” said Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein.

“Our approach will remain the same as we move forward with the rest of the Wacker Drive project, which is scheduled for completion in 2012.”

For more information on this project, visit wackerdrive.net or call (312) 878-1830.

But wait, there’s more: A little further north, a major resurfacing project along Ontario Street from State to Orleans in Chicago will close two of the four lanes to vehicles, which will make it more difficult for suburbanites to hit the Kennedy Expressway.

That construction project is expected to last a month.

Here’s a map for the Madison Reconstruction that might help you get around:

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