February 10, 2017
Trying to straighten out the so-called “S” curve of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive near the Loop has been an ongoing project for years. The original “Z” curve was smoothed into a gentler curve in the 1980s. And proposals have been developed to eliminate the curve for good.
The latest plan calls for a 70-acre park jutting into Lake Michigan, and upgrades to the Oak Street and Ohio Street beaches nearby. Basically, straightening the curve will require government officials to push the beaches into the lake, then buffer them with the 70 acres.
The project’s cost was estimated at $177 million in 2014, though the price will be higher, based on the latest renderings from the North Lake Shore Drive project, which is a joint effort between neighborhood groups, the Chicago and Illinois departments of transportation, the Chicago Park District and the Federal Highway Administration.
Even assuming the plan is approved, construction wouldn’t begin until at least 2020.
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