The long-awaited 2-mile extension of South Lake Shore Drive, from 79th to 92nd streets, is scheduled to open to traffic at 9 a.m. Sunday. The cost of the project was $64 million dollars. The project creates new roadway for cyclists and drivers and will improve the traffic flow into downtown Chicago from the south and the west.
The mostly state-funded project is part of Governor Pat Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward and is also a key component of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago plan. A total of $46 million for the project came from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. Federal highway funds totaling $15 million and $3 million from the City of Chicago completed the funding package.
"Lake Shore Drive runs between a great lake and a great city, and this new expansion will improve the quality of life from 79th to 92nd streets and beyond," Governor Pat Quinn said. "This major expansion created hundreds of jobs and now that it's complete, it will keep driving our economy forward. Today brings good news for Illinois residents and visitors who will now be able to enjoy this new route."
"This was the first project that broke ground as part of 'Building a New Chicago' and there is no better symbol of what that phrase means for both the South Side as well as for the city as a whole," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "This is a boon for residents and business-owners who have been waiting for this day and a boon to local businesses who worked on it. We’re taking the traffic out of the neighborhood, and opening up hundreds of acres to development that will bring new businesses, new jobs and new life to the South Side."
The construction project was managed by the City of Chicago in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
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