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Part of upper Lake Shore Drive will be closed Monday for Navy Pier flyover work

Updated: March 22, 2014 7:54PM

A part of upper Lake Shore Drive will be closed Monday as construction begins on the Navy Pier flyover.

The work will close the right lane and shoulder of northbound upper Lake Shore Drive between Illinois Street and Grand Avenue, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The lakefront trail will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists, but the path will detour around the construction. Businesses and homes in the area will still be accessible.

The flyover, which will have a bike and pedestrian path, will extend from south of the Chicago River to Jane Addams Park, 550 E. Grand Ave.It will separate the lakefront trail from Illinois Street and Grand Avenue, with the aim of reducing crossing conflicts among pedestrians, cyclists and cars going to and from Navy Pier.

The $60 million project is due to be finished in 2018, with the first phase, starting Monday, centered on the area between Jane Addams Park and the Ogden Slip. Construction will then move to the area between the slip and the Chicago River. The third phase will focus on improving the path over the Chicago River.

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