Northbound Lake Shore Drive ramp at Oak Street closes starting Monday
BY TINA SFONDELES Transportation reporter firstname.lastname@example.org September 29, 2012 4:20PM
The northbound ramp of Lake Shore Drive at Oak Street will be closed for six weeks beginning Monday as crews repair the nearly 50-year-old viaduct.
That means drivers at Oak Street and Michigan Avenue will be rerouted to inner Lake Shore Drive for a mile, until they reach LaSalle Drive. Then they’ll be able to get back onto Lake Shore Drive.
The city’s Department of Transportation says the $1.78 million project is necessary. The Oak Street ramp hasn’t been repaired since its original construction in 1963.
“We want to complete this repair work immediately before another winter cycle of freezing and thawing, as well as additional damage that could come from the use of road salt,” transportation chief Gabe Klein said.
The city says traffic signals will be adjusted during the repair time and traffic control aides will also be out to help move vehicles along the detour route.
Crews will repair the underside and topside of the on-ramp viaduct, repair the concrete retaining walls and fix some electrical and lighting problems, officials said.
The city says it has notified nearby residents and motorists about the project by holding meetings with businesses and neighborhood organizations, and has placed on-site electronic message board warning of Monday’s construction start.