Repair and restoration work on the crumbling viaducts under Lake Shore Drive, at Wilson and Lawrence, have been ongoing since last September.
The sound of jackhammers has been heard -- a lot -- behind the protective tarps. You can see that the disintegrating support pillars have been shored up with new concrete, and the chunks of concrete that fell from the top of the bridge have been replaced.
According to Ald. Cappleman's latest newsletter, the next step is steel installation, and there will be some overnight closures in the upcoming weeks:
"WILSON & LAWRENCE VIADUCT CLOSURES UNDER LAKE SHORE DRIVE
- January 8-12 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.: Wilson beneath Lake Shore Drive will be closed to all vehicular traffic for steel installation and repairs on the underside of the bridge.
- January 15-19 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.: Lawrence beneath Lake Shore Drive will be closed to all vehicular traffic for steel installation and repairs on the underside of the bridge."
The reconstruction of the viaducts is set to be completed in early spring. We look forward to a much safer experience for all who pass through them.