The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that the Western Avenue viaduct, which opened in 1961, will be permanently closed on March 1. The viaduct will be demolished and replaced by a new five-leg at-grade intersection at Western, Belmont and Clybourn and is expected to be substantially complete by summer 2017. The demolition of the viaduct will occur during the first weekend of the project and will require the full closure of Western to through traffic between Nelson and George Streets as well as the intersection at Belmont. After the weekend closure, there will be one lane of traffic open on Western Avenue in each direction for the first five months, with two lanes of traffic in each direction expected, until the project is complete.

Please access the following link for additional details:

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Western Avenue Corridor Project Schedule

The existing Western Avenue overpass was built in 1961 in part, to serve visitors to the adjacent Riverview Amusement Park.  The overpass runs for approximately 1,100 feet between Nelson and Roscoe.  The Chicago Department of Transportation reports that after nearly 50 years, the overpass is nearing the end of its lifespan.

A series of public meetings preceded the development of a plan to remove the overpass and improve this segment of Western Avenue with new sidewalks, landscaping, and the capacity to accommodate three continuous lanes of traffic in each direction during peak traffic periods.

The Chicago Department of Transportation hosted an open house at Lane Tech High School on January 11, 2016. This open house was designed to provide information on the plans and timing of the project.

Western Ave Corridor Info and Plans

Western Ave Corridor Construction Staging and Traffic Maintenance

The following links summarize information from prior community meetings and outreach events:

Western Ave June 2014 Project Summary

July 7, 2010 Western Overpass Meeting Handout

July 7, 2010 Western Overpass Meeting Documents (16mb)