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Plan Commission approves Navy Pier ‘flyover’ on lakefront path

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

A planned “flyover” aimed at unblocking a bottleneck on the lakefront path for cyclists, joggers and in-line skaters near Navy Pier was approved Thursday by the city’s plan commission.

Construction for the $40 to $45 million project could begin in spring 2012, said Brian Steele, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Transportation. The city has already secured $34 million of that pricetag in federal funds.

The idea is to separate lakefront recreational traffic from daily pedestrian traffic, which is currently all funneled along a narrow sidewalk on the lower level of the Lake Shore Drive Bridge across the Chicago River.

The flyover would run along the eastern edge of Lake Shore Drive, beginning just south of the river and linking up with the Lake Shore path just north of Jane Addams Memorial Park, Steele said.

An exact construction timeline has not yet been set because most not all of the funding is in place, but the flyover is expected to be completed by the end of this decade, Steele said.

Steele said construction should cause a “minimal disruption to the existing lakefront trial.”

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