Navy Pier Flyover

Enhancing Chicago's Lakefront Trail

June Update

As of June 22, the majority of the Lakefront Trail, including portions of the Navy Pier Flyover, has reopened to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other trail users for exercise and transit. The reopened portion of the trail includes the first and second segments of the Navy Pier Flyover. Trail users should social distance six feet away from others and wear masks.

For the remainder of June, crews will finish final paint touch-ups, electrical details, and site restoration on the second segment of the Flyover.

Work continues on the third, final segment of the Flyover. The east side of the Lake Shore Drive bridge is being retrofitted with a new cantilever structure. This structure will widen the trail to eliminate the existing bottlenecks.

Crews are currently installing the new cantilever structural steel supports for the widened trail attached to the existing movable bascule bridge. Vehicle lane closures on northbound upper Lake Shore Drive are in place to make room for the crane that lowers the structural steel into place below.

The tunnel openings were cut through the limestone and concrete walls of the bridge houses where the widened trail will pass through. This phase of the project also involves structural, mechanical and electrical repairs to the Lake Shore Drive bascule bridge.

The temporary Lakefront Trail and one northbound vehicle lane remain shifted into the center bay of Lake Shore Drive over the Chicago River to continue construction on the east. Visit the Detours & Closures page to see the upcoming lane closures through fall 2020.

View looking north from opening in existing bridge house to widened path under construction.


View looking north showing new wider path next to existing path with bridge house opening in the distance.