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Police Close Select Chicago Roadways Due To Ferguson Protests

police600Monday evening’s announcement that Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson won’t be indicted for killing 18-year old Michael Brown has sparked protests in Chicago resulting in street closures in some areas of the city.

The Chicago Police Department says Lake Shore Drive has been shutdown in both directions from Roosevelt Road south,  due to ongoing protests centered around the Bronzeville neighborhood.

“Due to Police Activity NB & SB S Lake Shore Drive SB @ at Roosevelt Rd has been shut down and until further notice,” CPD said in a one sentence statement.

Protesters have gathered outside Chicago Police Headquarters at 35th and Michigan Avenue and reports have other protesters converging on Daley Plaza and the Thompson Center downtown. Some streets surrounding these areas with large numbers of protestors are being closed by police according to CPD.

The intersection of 35th and Martin Luther King Drive and surround streets are closed. Michigan Avenue from 31st to Cermak. The Stevenson (I-55) is closed between the Kennedy (I-90/94) and Lake Shore Drive.

Overwhelming forensic evidence and strong eye witness testimony showed Michael Brown, after robbing a convenience store, attacked officer Wilson who shot and killed Brown in self defense and led the grand jury to pass on indicting Wilson.

UPDATE 11:00 PM: Protestors are reporting via Twitter CPD has blocked bridges along Wacker Drive to prevent protesters from coming into River North.

UPDATE 11:10 PM: Traffic reports have the Stevenson reopened from Kennedy to LSD.

Divvy Biker Critically Injured Riding On Lake Shore Drive

Divvy bike stationApparently, alcohol and riding a Divvy bike don’t mix.

According to DNA Info, a 24-year old man rode a Divvy bike onto North Lake Shore Drive early Saturday morning around 2:45 AM.

The biker was in the northbound lanes of LSD just south of the Belmont exit when he began swerving between two lanes. An Uber taxi carrying a passenger was first struck by the bicyclist, taking off a side view mirror and throwing the rider to the pavement. Two other vehicles also struck the cyclist.

The critically injured man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital.

Here’s the full story from DNA Info, “Divvy Rider Injured on Lake Shore Drive Collided with Uber Cab: Witness.”

H/T to Jeff.

Winds, Waves Close Northbound Lake Shore Drive At Rush Hour

Winds, Waves Close Northbound Lake Shore Drive At Rush HourWind gusts of 60 mph pushed 20 foot waves onto the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive Friday afternoon forcing the city to reduce travel to a single lane and causing some severe rush hour traffic backups.

DNA Info reports at one point all four lanes were closed from Oak Street to North Avenue but conditions improved as the evening wore on.

“We are urging motorists to drive with caution and recommending they use an alternate route in the meantime,” said Melissa Stratton a spokesperson for the city Office of Emergency Management.

The problems on Lake Shore Drive, along with snow and sleet showers across the area, made Halloween’s rush hour even more horrific than normal Fridays.

Commuters experienced longer than normal travel times were the norm on most Chicago expressways.

A lake shore flood advisory is in place until 4 AM Saturday.

Public Weighs In On Rehabbing Lake Shore Drive At Meeting

Cars back up at rush hour at the Belmont Avenue exit on northbound Lake Shore Drive. Photo credit: NorthLakeShoreDrive.org

Cars back up at rush hour at the Belmont Avenue exit on northbound Lake Shore Drive. Photo credit: NorthLakeShoreDrive.org

Tuesday July 8th, the Drake Hotel played host for a meeting to “Redefine The Drive” to elicit the public’s input on what changes should be made on a planned $1 billion facelift of North Lake Shore Drive.

The Illinois Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Transportation plan a dramatic rehab and perhaps reinvention of the seven mile stretch of LSD between Grand and Hollywood. The agencies say due to the age of the roadway it will need to be rebuilt.

The project wouldn’t even break ground until 2019 or even 2020, with costs estimated to be around $1 billion–a hefty sum for a city and state which are both close to insolvency.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, all sorts of ideas were suggested including: a double-decker configuration with an upper and lower LSD; a light rail line down the middle of LSD; or dedicated express bus lanes.

2-Mile Extension Of South Lake Shore Drive Officially Opens

A contingent of prominent pols help cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Lake Snore Drive extension. Photo credit: Tanveeer Ali/DNA Info.

How many politicians does it take to open the new two-mile extension of South Lake Shore Drive?

Apparently, a lot as evidenced by the ribbon cutting ceremony which took place Saturday morning.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Alderman John Pope (10th) were some of the bigger name pols who showed up to officially open a new span of Lake Shore Drive between 79th and 92nd according to DNA Info.

South Lake Shore Drive Extension Opens Sunday Morning

A two-mile extension of South Lake Shore Drive opens to motor vehicles Sunday morning at 9 AM according to the Sun-Times.

US Route 41 aka Lake Shore Drive got moved several blocks east, adjacent to the old U.S. Steel plant.

The new extension starts at South Shore Drive and 79th and ends near 92nd.

Here’s the full Sun-Times report, “Two-mile South Lake Shore Drive extension to open over the weekend.”

Major Accident Closes Southbound Lanes On Lake Shore Drive

A city Department of Streets and Sanitation truck flipped over on southbound Lake Shore Drive at Walton around 2 PM Wednesday afternoon.

Lake Shore Drive Lane Closures For Resurfacing To Start Monday Night

Avoid the Drive — at least at night.

That’s the message the Illinois Department of Transportation is telling drivers, as a resurfacing project begins Monday night and continues overnight for the next five weeks.

The project will close two and sometimes three lanes in both directions between North Avenue and Balbo Drive from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights, according to IDOT.

Drivers will face long delays, and IDOT is recommending drivers allow extra time if they travel on that portion of Lake Shore Drive or avoid it altogether.

“Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to take alternate routes,” said IDOT spokesman Paris Ervin.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Airplane Makes Emergency Landing On Lake Shore Drive Sunday

Drivers must have been shocked Sunday morning to see a small plane temporarily turning Lake Shore Drive into an airport landing strip.

Lombard resident John Pedersen was taking a small airplane for a spin when he started having problems with the plane’s tail. He radioed mayday. But Midway and O’Hare were too far away. Former Mayor Daley unceremoniously and illegally closed Meigs Field back in 2003, so that option was out.

Concrete Falls From LSD Overpass, Closes North Avenue Exit

CDOT workers clean up fallen concrete from the underpass at North Avenue Tuesday. Photo credit Kyla Gardner/DNA Info Chicago.

Concrete fell from the North Avenue overpass below Lake Shore Drive late Tuesday afternoon, causing the Chicago Department of Transportation to close the exit there and a portion of LaSalle Drive right before rush hour according to DNA Info.

No one was injured.

Lake Shore Drive had gone through a major resurfacing project last fall.

The exit ramp there remained closed as of 7:40 PM according to the report.

Here’s DNA’s full report, “Concrete Falls from Overpass at LSD North Avenue Exit, Street Closed.”