North Branch Industrial Corridor—Riverfront Trails, Wetland Parks and Boardwalks to come
If you haven’t already heard, a plan has been initiated to revitalize the lackluster North Branch Industrial Corridor. In fact, Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has released a list of transportation goals and improvements for the overall project. The plan aims to reconcile transportation issues for cars, buses, trains, bicycles, and pedestrians, all the while, creating an aesthetic and accessible riverfront. In the meantime, the project is expected to bring about multiple jobs for Chicago residents.
GET THE LIST ON THINGS TO EXPECT
- Reconstruction of current bridges at Webster St, Cortland Ave, Chicago Ave, and those at Division St
- New vehicular bridges at Southport Ave and at Blackhawk St
- New pedestrian/bicycle bridges with a riverwalk hosting separate bike and pedestrian paths.
- Enhanced streets” with widened sidewalks and protected bike lanes
- A 606 Trail extension, which connects the trail to the new river trail
- Reconstruction of the viaduct at Ashland and Cortland and the one on Halsted at Chicago Ave
- New “smart signal” system
- Upgrade to the Metra station at Clybourn Ave
- New multi-modal public transit-way along the entire project