NAVY PIER FLYOVER
In response to the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 situation, the Navy Pier Flyover path will be closed under order of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot through April 7. This executive order impacts Chicago’s lakefront, public parks and other trails in the city in an effort to decrease the community spread of the new coronavirus. Learn more about the closure here.
The Navy Pier Flyover is an elevated path for safer walking and biking along the Lakefront Trail near Navy Pier – one of the most heavily used portions of the 18.5 mile trail.
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 path will also include stairs and ground-level entrance and exit points for easy access.
Construction is being done in three phases, with the first phase between Jane Addams Park and Ogden Slip, the second between the slip and the Chicago River, and the third phase improving the path over the Chicago River Bridge.
Phases two and three of construction are now underway.
A milestone in phase two was completed June 12, 2019 with the successful installation of the Flyover’s structural steel spine over the Ogden Slip. This phase, which began in October 2017 focuses on the center portion of the Flyover over Ogden Slip and DuSable Park. The path extension will connect via a temporary bridge to the existing Lakefront Trail on the lower level of Lake Shore Drive north of the Chicago River Bridge.
The third phase of construction focuses on the portion of the Flyover across the Chicago River. In this phase, crews are rehabilitating the movable bridge over the Chicago River to accommodate the widened Lakefront Trail path. This work will include tunneling through the two limestone bridge houses. In addition to the improvements to the Lakefront Trail, structural rehabilitation of the lower roadway, electrical controls and mechanical systems will be completed.
The most critical section of the Navy Pier Flyover is now open over Illinois Street and Grand Avenue. This major milestone means pedestrians and bikers on the Lakefront Trail no longer have to cross the two busy roadways. The full Navy Pier Flyover trail is slated for completion by the end of 2020. Check back frequently for construction and detour/closure updates.