CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Lake Shore Drive will be fully closed during overnight hours next week, for two nights in the northbound direction and two nights in the southbound direction, for resurfacing of the Oak Street S-Curve.
On Monday and Tuesday, weather permitting, northbound traffic will be detoured off Lake Shore Drive at Randolph, westbound to Michigan Ave., and then northbound onto Lake Shore Drive via the entrance ramp at Oak Street. Ramps from Randolph Street, Wacker Drive and Grand Avenue to northbound Lake Shore Drive will be closed, according to a statement from the Chicago Department of Transportation.
There will only be local access to the Grand Avenue ramp and Navy Pier. Southbound Lake Shore Drive will remain open, according to the statement.
On Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting, southbound Lake Shore Drive traffic will be detoured off at Michigan Avenue. The detour route is south on Michigan to Randolph and east on Randolph back to southbound Lake Shore Drive. Chicago Avenue access to and from Lake Shore Drive will be maintained.
The exit ramp at Chestnut will be closed. Northbound Lake Shore Drive will remain open on these nights, according to the statement.
Resurfacing work on the straight passages of southbound Lake Shore Drive between Grand and North Avenues is scheduled for Sunday night. Drivers can expect overnight closures of two lanes in this area, excluding the S-Curve, according to the statement.
Also, during the next several weeks, motorists can expect periodic single lane closures between North and Grand Avenues between 9:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. to allow for restriping, curb, shoulder and other repairs that cannot be done at night.
One more night of mainline resurfacing remains to complete the north and south sections of the Oak Street curve. To date, no full closures of Lake Shore Drive have been required for this project, but the geometry of the curved section requires a full closure for safety reasons, according to the statement.