WOODLAWN — City roadworks will close lanes on major thoroughfares in and around Jackson Park this week with closures in effect through winter 2023 as city crews revamp the park’s layout to Obama’s presidential center.
A southbound lane on DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed between 57th and Hayes Drives starting Thursday, Chicago Department of Transportation spokeswoman Susan Hofer said.
Crews will use the closed lane as a construction area while they widen the southern portion of the freeway to three lanes, Hofer said.
“Traffic patterns and work areas will change several times over the next year,” she said. “By the end of 2023, the new third lane of traffic on southbound DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be complete and open to traffic.”
Drivers on Stony Island Avenue will face intermittent lane closures from 59th Street to Marquette Drive during the day starting April 18. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction.
The closures come as the city works to widen Stony Island Avenue to provide two lanes in each direction from 59th to 64th Streets. Crews will also redesign the entire stretch to include parking on both sides; landscaped medians; and new signals, bus stops and crosswalks.
Hayes Drive immediately west of DuSable Lake Shore Drive is fully closed starting Monday, according to CDOT.
Lanes on Hayes Drive will be closed during the day between Stony Island and DuSable Lake Shore Drive starting April 18.
Park visitors will still be able to access trails, Chicago Park District buildings, ball diamonds, golf courses, and parking lots during construction, although the Jackson Park inner harbor boat ramp and the nearby parking lot at 1987 E. Hayes Drive are closed.
The traffic changes mark the first phase of a road redesign in and around Jackson Park for the Obama Center. In addition to the widening of DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Stony Island Avenue, planned permanent road modifications include:
- Closure of the following roads and conversion of these to a park:
- Cornell Drive between Midway Plaisance and Hayes Drive.
- The northern section of Cornell Drive between 65th and 68th Streets.
- Marquette Drive between Stony Island Avenue and Richards Drive.
- The eastbound portion of Midway Plaisance between Stony Island Avenue and Cornell Drive.
- Changes to other roads, bike paths and walkways in and around Jackson Park.
The second phase of the project will focus on roadwork south of 64th Street and will run from 2023 to 2025.
The third phase will focus on building pedestrian underpasses south of 64th Street — including those at Jeffery Boulevard and South Shore Drive — starting in 2025.
The Chicago Department of Transportation is expected to spend $174 million in public funds for highway projects.
For more information on roadwork related to the Obama Center, visit the CDOT homepage for Jackson Park.
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