City Approves Overpass for Lakefront - NBC Chicago

City Approves Overpass for Lakefront

The bridge would be called the Navy Pier Flyover



    Concept, Impetus for "Flyover" Explained

    CDOT spokesman Brian Steele describes the plans and the need for a new pedestrian overpass near Navy Pier. (Published Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011)

    Update: Chicago's city plan commission on Thursday approved the plans.

    One of the busiest spots on the lakefront path might get a makeover soon.

    To solve congestion problems on the trail north of the Lake Shore Drive bridge near Illinois and Grand Avenues, the city announced a plan to construct an overpass called The Navy Pier Flyover, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The Flyover would extend from South of the Chicago River to the Jane Addams Memorial Park on the North. If approved, construction would begin in 2012.

    The Tribune reports the project would cost an estimated $40 to $45 million dollars, but about $34 million dollars already have been secured thanks to federal and state funds.

    The city's plan commission is expected to approve the project today.