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 in June 2014. This open house provided information on the plans and timing of the project.

Western Ave June 2014 Project Summary

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

July 7, 2010 Western Overpass Meeting Handout

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