New Turn Arrows Installed at the Intersection of Columbus Drive and Randolph Street
September 4, 2015
Alderman Reilly is very pleased to announce the recent installation of new turn arrows at the intersection of Upper Columbus Drive and Randolph Street!
A number of neighborhood residents contacted Alderman Reilly's office to report traffic congestion created by the "No Turn on Red" restrictions that govern westbound and southbound traffic at this intersection. This restriction created traffic congestion because vehicles were not able to turn during the green signal phase due to conflicts with pedestrians in the crosswalk. Heavy pedestrian traffic often permitted only 1-2 vehicles to complete their turn during the green signal phase.
Alderman Reilly requested that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) review this intersection to determine if the "No Turn on Red" restrictions could be removed. After their survey, CDOT did not recommend the removal of the "No Turn on Red" restrictions. However, at the Alderman's request, CDOT evaluated this intersection for installation of turn arrows to provide turning vehicles their own signal phase. CDOT recommended that the following arrows be installed to improve traffic movement at this intersection:
Westbound to northbound movement on Randolph.
Southbound to westbound movement on Columbus.
Eastbound to northbound movement on Randolph.
Southbound to eastbound movement on Columbus.
Alderman Reilly allocated a portion of the Aldermanic Menu to fund this important infrastructure improvement. These signals were recently installed and activated.
The photos below illustrate the new turn arrows in use:
Navy Pier Flyover Construction Update: Upcoming Work to Impact Pedestrian and Vehicular Traffic
July 2, 2015
NOTE: The start of the work detailed below has been pushed back to late July.
Activity continues on the Navy Pier Flyover, an elevated path along the Lakefront Trail near Navy Pier. Once complete, the dedicated bike and pedestrian path will extend from the Chicago River Bridge to Jane Addams Park and provide a safer and scenic alternative to several congested intersections along the Lakefront Trail.
The first phase of construction began in March 2014. Ongoing work includes making structural connections for steel bridge spine sections between Ohio Street Beach and Grand Avenue, and between Illinois Street and Ogden Slip.
Upcoming work scheduled for July, where the steel spine will be set on shoring towers over Grand Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, and Illinois Street, will affect pedestrian and vehicular traffic during daytime and evening hours on all three streets.
This work will be completed in three separate stages, beginning at Grand Avenue (5 week duration), followed by Lake Shore Drive (3 week duration) and ending at Illinois Street (5 week duration).
Beginning Monday, July 13, Grand Avenue (east of Lake Shore Drive):
- Will be reduced to two westbound lanes and the right turn lane to the ramp onto northbound LSD.
- The eastbound lane for Lake Point Tower garage access and the southernmost westbound lane will be closed.
- Detour for Lake Point Tower Access Lane will be eastbound Illinois to northbound Streeter to westbound Grand
- The island at the northeast corner of Grand and lower LSD will be closed and pedestrians will be routed to the south sidewalk of Grand.
- Intermittent night-time closures from 10:00pm to 6:00am
Approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the work on Grand starts, the work between Lake Shore Drive and Lake Point Tower will require:
- Daily closures of two lanes on upper LSD between Illinois and Grand from 9:30am to 4:00pm.
- The east sidewalk of lower LSD will be closed and pedestrians will be detoured around Lake Point Tower and onto the west sidewalk of lower LSD.
After the work on Grand is complete, the work over Illinois begins and will require:
- Illinois to be reduced to two lanes near the intersection of Illinois and lower LSD. The southern eastbound lane will be closed.
- Intermittent night-time closures from 10:00pm to 6:00am
Construction news, detours and closures are available on the project website: www.navypierflyover.com.
Construction for Loop Link Transit Project Begins March 16th
March 3, 2015
The City will soon begin construction on the newly named Loop Link Bus Rapid Transit, and two additional projects, the Union Station Transit Center and Washington-Wabash "L" Station.
The Loop Link is a modern transportation upgrade on Washington, Madison, Clinton and Canal Streets that bring order to congested downtown streets:
- Buses, carrying nearly half of all travelers to this corridor, will use a dedicated lane.
- Drivers will use two dedicated travel lanes, helping them avoid bus and bicycle traffic.
- Bicyclists will use protected lanes on Randolph, Washington and Clinton to get to their destinations safely.
The Loop Link will move people downtown faster and with better reliability, while improving the connections between neighborhoods across the city to jobs and attractions in Chicago's Central Business District. Service to six bus lines, J14, 20, 56, 60, 124 and 157, will be improved by eliminating bottlenecks on the most congested portion of the routes and speeding their passage through downtown.
The Union Station Transit Center will create a new off-street CTA bus-boarding center just south of Union Station on Jackson between Canal and Clinton. It will include sheltered staging for buses and a vertical connection, with elevator, to an existing Amtrak underground pedway, allowing commuters to access Union Station without crossing at street level. The transit center will provide key connections between other modes of transportation to the Loop Link.
The new Washington-Wabash CTA Station will replace two century-old stations at Madison and Randolph with a single modern, fully accessible station with wider platforms and a striking architectural design.
Collectively, these three downtown infrastructure projects will redevelop and modernize transportation from Union Station to Millennium Park.
Loop Link Transit Improvements:
The Loop Link project is designed to make bus travel more reliable and appealing for bus commuters that travel across the corridor each day, providing a balanced separation of bus, bike and regular traffic lanes.
- Eight Loop Link stations will be built on Washington and Madison between Wacker and Michigan.
- All stations will accommodate more people, provide generous seating for waiting customers, have bus-tracking monitors, and raised station platforms to provide easier level boarding.
- Loop Link stations will be transparent to ensure street-level businesses are completely visible.
- Colored pavement markings and enhanced signage will clearly delineate the bus lanes.
- Traffic signals will be modified at key intersections to provide an early green light time for buses.
- Traffic signals will improve turning movements for motorists off Loop Link streets, allowing more people to turn left or right during each green light phase.
- New protected bike lanes with bike traffic signals will be installed on Washington and Randolph from Clinton to Michigan, and a new two-way protected bike lane will be installed on Clinton. Existing bike lanes on Madison and Canal will be removed.
Loop Link Traffic Impacts:
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is pursuing an aggressive construction schedule to lower costs, minimize long-term impacts and deliver completion of the project as quickly as possible. Construction is scheduled to start March 16, 2015.
Construction will begin with lane closures initially on westbound Madison at Wabash Avenue and on southbound Clinton at Randolph Street:
- Traffic will be reduced to two lanes in the construction zone on weekdays during business hours for the duration of the project. Lane closures will extend one block at a time over several weeks.
- Periodically, there will be the need for additional lane closures overnight and on weekends.
- There will be no road closures or detours on Washington, Madison, Canal or Clinton Streets.
- All garages and alleys will remain accessible.
- Drivers can expect delays in areas where lanes are reduced to two lanes and motorists are sharing lanes with buses during construction.
- All bus routes traveling through the construction area will be maintained. There are currently no re-routes or detours anticipated, but some bus stops will be temporarily relocated during construction.
- All streets under construction will be open to people riding bikes, and signs will be posted alerting bicyclists and motorists to share the road.
- Motorists and bicyclists should allow extra travel time in the construction zone or consider using alternative routes through the loop.
Anticipated Construction Schedule:
- March 2015 - Loop Link construction starts simultaneously on Madison Street (at Wabash, progressing westbound) and Clinton Street (at Randolph, progressing southbound)
- April 2015 - Union Station Transit Center construction begins on the south side of Jackson Boulevard between Clinton and Canal.
- Spring 2015 - Loop Link construction starts simultaneously on Washington Street (at Clinton, progressing eastbound) and Canal Street (at Van Buren, progressing northbound)
- Late Summer 2015 - Construction, including repaving and installation of a bike lane, starts on Randolph Street (at Michigan, progressing westbound). NOTE: Water Department construction on Randolph will commence in spring, ahead of Loop Link work.
- Spring 2016 - Construction on Canal near Union Station to install a median between Adams and Jackson
For more information on the Loop Link, click on the following links to view the most recent construction update, download theofficial press release, project brochure, construction overview, or visit the official website:www.ChicagoLoopLink.com.
Alderman Reilly Delivers Major Upgrades to Viaduct Lighting
January 13, 2015
Alderman Reilly is pleased to announce the completion of a significant lighting improvement underneath the three Metra viaducts that run between Clinton and Canal streets along Lake Street, Randolph Street, and Washington Boulevard in the near-West Loop neighborhood also known as "The Fulton River District".
Alderman Reilly received numerous requests for improved lighting under these viaducts. These three streets are important daily pedestrian and vehicular transit routes for thousands of residents and commuters, providing access to the Richard B. Ogilvie Transportation Center, the Kennedy Expressway, and the Chicago Loop.
Responding to these concerns, Alderman Reilly worked with the Chicago Department of Transportation to develop a plan to improve lighting under the viaducts. The Alderman initiated this significant infrastructure improvement and allocated a portion of funds from his Aldermanic Menu to fund this work, which was completed in December 2014.
The Chicago Department of Transportation installed a total of 212 new lights under the Lake, Randolph, and Washington Metra viaducts located between Clinton and Canal Streets. The new 150-watt, energy-efficient white light fixtures provide plentiful lighting, enhancing safety for pedestrians and motorists.
These special induction lights were chosen based on their light quality, efficiency, and durability in this environment. Mounting the fixtures on the viaduct structure has two advantages: it allows more space on the sidewalk and it is less expensive than installing underground conduit systems and pole foundations.
Alderman Reilly was pleased to allocate funds from the 42nd Ward Aldermanic Menu for the installation of this important neighborhood safety project.
Lake Street Before / After
Randolph Street Before / After
Washington Boulevard Before / After