Navy Pier Flyover set to open Monday

Navy Pier Flyover set to open Monday 1

After many delays, the Navy Pier Flyover is ready to open.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot plans an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting for the path that will allow cyclists, runners and pedestrians to avoid traffic on Grand and Illinois streets near the pier.

For years, cyclists and pedestrians have crossed the river on a narrow stretch of sidewalk next to busy lanes of traffic on the lower deck of the two-tiered Lake Shore Drive Bridge.

A completed portion of the flyover has for months provided a much improved experience by carrying users over Grand and Illinois streets, eliminating the street-level crossings.

Construction on the Flyover Project began in 2014 and was originally slated for completion in 2018; then the middle of 2019; then the end of 2019; then the spring of 2020; now the end of 2020.

The $64 million project has drawn repeated criticism for taking longer to build than the Golden Gate Bridge, which was built in four years.

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