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.  In July 2009, the department held a meeting with Aldermen and residents of the surrounding wards to solicit input from the community regarding future plans at the site.

Alderman Scott Waguespack and neighboring Aldermen also organized another open house meeting with the Chicago Department of Transportation to provide an update on the Western Avenue Corridor Improvement Study and encourage input from the community during the study phase on July 7th, 2010. Exhibits related to the proposal were on display and Chicago Department of Transportation officials were present to answer questions.

July 7, 2010 Western Overpass Meeting Handout

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

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