Western Avenue Viaduct Construction Update 9/12/16

This notification is to advise local residents of upcoming work starting the week of September 12th on the Western Avenue between Jones Street and George Street. The contractor is completing improvements on the eastside of Western Avenue. Starting the week of September 12th, they will begin advanced work on the westside of Western Avenue with existing lighting removals and curb line drainage. Once the advanced work is complete they will continue with curb and sidewalk improvements. The Contractor, FH Paschen, and the Engineer, Burns & McDonnell, will be on‐ site to work with all businesses to minimize construction impacts and maintain access.

Western Avenue Viaduct Construction Update 8/3/16

Reconstruction of the Western and Belmont intersection will begin on Monday, August 8th. The work will be divided into 7 separate stages and is expected to last 12 – 16 weeks. During this period Belmont Avenue will be restricted from making left turns onto Western Avenue. A detour will be in place directing traffic to NB Campbell and EB Roscoe.

Due to high daytime temperatures, the first stage of the bridge deck over the Chicago River must be poured overnight. This work is expected to begin at 9 PM on Thursday, August 4th, and extend to 6 AM Friday, August 5th. In case of rain, Friday night will be used as an alternative for this work. During this time traffic will be reduced to one lane across the river bridge. Flaggers will be maintaining traffic flow on Western Avenue while this work is taking place. A flyer detailing this information is being distributed to the residents in the vicinity of the river bridge.

Western Avenue Viaduct Construction Update for week of 7/25 /16

Starting the week of July 25th, construction is scheduled to switch between the Western Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River and Roscoe Street. At this time traffic will shift to the west side of Western Avenue and an additional lane northbound and southbound will be opened north of the river bridge. Work will begin on the eastside half of the roadway with sewer, curb and sidewalk improvements. The Contractor, FH Paschen, and the Engineer, Burns & McDonnell, will be on‐ site to work with all businesses to minimize construction impacts and maintain access.

If you should have any questions during this time, please contact the following:
FH Paschen – Steve Percic ‐ 773‐230‐9507
Burns & McDonnell – Shelli Schweickert – 630‐514‐2320

Western Avenue Construction Update – Roscoe to River Bridge


Western Avenue Viaduct Construction Update for week of 5/16 /16

Construction on Western Avenue requires sewer work to occur in the middle of the Belmont intersection. Unfortunately, based on the depth and the location of the new connection the work will affect Belmont traffic for approximately one week.

The current schedule for this work is:

On Monday 5/16 and Tuesday 5/17, traffic on Belmont will be reduced to a single lane in each direction through the Western intersection. Left turns will be restricted during this time.
On Wednesday 5/18, westbound Belmont & Clybourn traffic will be prevented from crossing through the Western Avenue intersection. Traffic will be detoured north on Western to Roscoe and south on Campbell back to Belmont. See the attached detour for clarification. We anticipate the detour being in place for 3 – 5 days. Eastbound Belmont traffic will be allowed to pass through the intersection, however, left turns will be restricted.
This work will affect the CTA bus stop at the northwest corner of Belmont. The CTA is aware of this work and will be posting the appropriate route modifications.

Belmont Detour for Sewer Work Week of 05162016.

Western Avenue Viaduct Closure

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)