The city of Chicago is working hard to separate pedestrian and bike traffic on the trails along Lake Michigan, and one portion of that construction work is nearing completion, the mayor’s office announced on Sunday night.
According to the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the section of the trail between 31st and 41st Streets will be completed in the coming weeks. That construction work, which began last year, will help alleviate congestion by creating dedicated paths for bike traffic and strain traffic along the lake:
The first stretch of #ChiLFT to be split into separate bike, pedestrian paths—from 31st to 41st Sts on city’s south side—will open soon! pic.twitter.com/5GvLdohDBk
— ChicagosMayor (@ChicagosMayor) May 15, 2017
According to a press release issued by the city, the funding for splitting the trail was provided via a private donation from Kenneth Griffin, the richest man in Illinois according to Forbes’ valuation of the country’s wealthiest people.
The section of trail, which will be completed by Memorial Day, is just the beginning in a wide-ranging project. Construction is beginning on separating the trail between Fullerton and North Avenues, and Oak and Ohio Streets.
Ultimately, the entire 18-mile trail along the lakefront will be separated, allowing cyclists and pedestrians to use separate trails.
Published at 8:39 PM CDT on May 14, 2017