"This month, my office will host a second community meeting about Redefine the Drive, a planning process for potential future changes to North Lake Shore Drive.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) are studying potential changes to North Lake Shore Drive from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue.
Current safety standards call for Lake Shore Drive entrances and exits to be a half-mile apart, so IDOT and CDOT are considering changes to the Lawrence, Wilson and Montrose exits that would increase the distance between exit and entrance ramps.
I remain staunchly opposed to a previous proposal to close the Wilson ramps on Lake Shore Drive and have communicated my opposition to IDOT and CDOT through one-on-one meetings and a previous community meeting.
IDOT and CDOT now want to present options to the community that both maintain Wilson Avenue's access to Lake Shore Drive and adhere to federal guidelines about the distance required between entrances and exit ramps.
Please join me at the upcoming community meeting to hear the new options:
- WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
- WHERE: Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson, Larry McKeon Student Services Building
While actual construction is many years away--so far, funds have only been allocated for planning, not for actual changes to the roadway--your input will help shape Lake Shore Drive for the next century. I hope to see many of you at the meeting!"
UU Note: This is a long process and there have been community meetings about how to "Redefine the Drive" in Uptown and other North Side areas since at least July 2013.
But these meetings are where the decisions are made when funding becomes available. If you'd like to have a voice in the process that will decide Lake Shore Drive's future, we urge you to attend and make your opinions known.