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CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced today that a repaving project on S. Michigan Avenue from Monroe Street to Ida B. Wells Drive is now complete. CDOT started the project in April and carried it out on an accelerated time-frame while traffic has been relatively light in Chicago’s Loop area.
The work on Michigan Avenue was originally planned for the fall, but was moved up in the schedule and coordinated with underground gas main upgrades that were installed by Peoples Gas in advance of the road work. The gas company also re-paved the section of southbound Michigan Avenue from Ida B. Wells Drive to Balbo Avenue.
Work will be continuing over the coming weeks on a nearby project in the Loop to repave Dearborn Street from Monroe to Polk Street. That project involves resurfacing of the roadway and the two-way Dearborn bike lane. The work, expected to be complete by September, will also include adding green pavement marking to the bike lane to match the section recently upgraded north of Monroe. The project will also add red pavement markings for the Dearborn bus lane, which has been installed on the bus lane north of Monroe.
The Dearborn bike lane remains open during the work, although in some segments the bike lane is being shifted into the western most travel lane of Dearborn, temporarily providing only one lane for vehicles.