Shoring Up Lake Shore Drive

by Brian Fortner, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 7, Pg. 46-47

Document Type: Feature article


A $101 million roadway relocation project in Chicago, winner of a 1998 Outstanding Civil Engineering Award (OCEA) of Merit, reunited the north- and southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive to create a continuous shoreline park and a safer transportation corridor. Jurors for the awards applauded the combination of traffic engineering and urban planning. The project site consists of Burnham Park, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field and the McCormick Place Exhibition Center. Previously, the Field Museum, which has been described as a museum island in a sea of traffic, and Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears professional football team, were cut off from the other attractions by the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive to the east.

Subject Headings: Public buildings | Lakes | Traffic safety | Traffic engineering | Stadiums and sport facilities | Shores | Project management

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