Construction on Lake Shore Drive "Escape Routes" Begins
By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 31, 2011 6:45PM
AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato
Two openings in the median at Armitage Avenue and Schiller Street are being installed, using movable concrete barriers to provide emergency-only turnaround access to the Drive's northbound and southbound lanes. The openings will be large enough for buses and large trucks to pass and were chosen because they're prone to snow drifts and have limited emergency access, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Construction is expected to last through November and the Drive's inside lanes between Armitage and Goethe will be closed in both directions throughout. The City Office of Emergency Management and Communications released a Blizzard "after action" report in June that, among other things, called for more median breaks and exit points along Lake Shore Drive to help avoid the images of hundreds of cars snowed in and stranded on the roadway in the days following the Blizzard of 2011.