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1 TRANSPORTATION & MOBILITY VISIONING MEETING August 23 24, 2017

2 Project Team

3 1999 South Lakefront Framework Plan In 1999, the Chicago Park District authorized framework plans for three historic parks: Jackson, Washington and South Shore Cultural Center; which became known as the South Lakefront Framework Plan. The framework plan s purpose was to define the changing needs of these parks, to provide a plan to enhance each of the park s commitments to serving the neighboring communities and to preserve the intended historic character. The plans served as a guide to future improvements within the park, many of which have been completed or are presented for discussion today.

4 Updates to the Framework Plan

5 Planning Process & Schedule WE ARE HERE Discovery Gather public input to gain insight about the planning area s existing conditions and projectable future conditions including urban, social and environmental changes. Visioning Develop the vision, planning principles and goals, and program for the study area through public input and group discussions. Scenarios Based on the established planning vision, develop conceptual alternatives and design recommendations. Review with public to gather feedback. Framework Plan Based on public feedback, develop plan following the preferred direction from the Scenarios phase including final layout and programming recommendations.

6 Comments Polling and Comment Results from June 2017 Framework Plan Community Meetings

7 Purpose and Need The purpose of the transportation project is to improve traffic circulation within and adjacent to Jackson Park in accordance with the updated South Lakefront Framework Plan, which includes the proposed Obama Presidential Center plan and Golf Course merger and improvements. The specific needs to be addressed include: Reduce the effects of automobile traffic within Jackson Park by consolidating roadways and improving vehicular and bicycle/pedestrian circulation Improve safety for bikes, pedestrians and automobiles following Complete Streets and Vision Zero guidance.

8 Roadway Improvements Support the South Lakefront Framework Plan Updates South Lake Shore Drive Hayes Drive/Richards Drive Stony Island Avenue Midway Plaisance Cornell Drive Marquette Drive

9 Existing Conditions Traffic Commuter Routes Proximity to Schools and Expressways Recreational Traffic

10 Existing Conditions Crashes All Crashes Fatal and Serious Injury Crashes

11 Existing Conditions Transit Network CTA Bus Routes 2 Hyde Park Express 6 Jackson Park Express 10 Museum of Science and Industry J14 Jeffery Jump 26 South Shore Express 28 Stony Island Avenue Metra Electric District Line CTA Green Line CTA Red Line

12 Existing Conditions Bike/Trail Network Lakefront Trail Other Off Street Trails Striped Bike Lanes on 55 th and Marquette Streets for Cycling 2020 Plan Crosstown Bike Routes

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14 Existing Conditions Deficiencies Deteriorating 59 th Street Lagoon Bridge facade Damaged/cracked roadway pavement Pedestrian underpass flooding Unsafe pedestrian crossings into Jackson Park Roadways divide parkland into smaller, less functional spaces Deteriorated sidewalk Roadway flooding Traffic congestion creates noise and air pollution

15 Roadway Improvement Process Phase I Preliminary Engineering, Environmental Studies, and Public Involvement Phase II Contract Plan Preparation and Right of Way Acquisition Phase III Construction Phase I Milestones We are here

16 Transportation Improvements

17 Roadway Closures Cornell from 59th to Hayes Midway Plaisance (eastbound) between Stony and Cornell Marquette Drive from Stony to Richards Northbound Cornell from 67th to 65th

18 Initial Alternatives Studied 1. Signal timing and access modifications only. Does not meet traffic demand caused by closing roadways and limits access to key destinations. 2. Tunneling Cornell Drive under the OPC site. To accomplish the goal to re integrate Jackson Park, a tunnel of sufficient length would be cost prohibitive. 3. Realigning South Lake Shore Drive to the west around the Harbors. Does not meet traffic demand caused by closing roadways and limits access to key destinations. 4. Closing roadways and improvements to maintain mobility. The work in progress concepts shown today for your input.

19 Transportation Improvements Improve LSD, Hayes and intersections to accommodate diverted traffic Reconfigure traffic flow and safety in the area where Midway meets Stony Improve Stony Island balancing needs for people walking, driving, taking transit, biking, and parking Construct underpass to improve neighborhood access to Lakefront Construct underpass to connect golf course and improve operations on Jeffery Reconfigure Cornell and Stony 65th to 67th to accommodate closure of northbound Cornell

20 Traffic Roadway Traffic Projections Dan Ryan Expressway State Street Dr. MLK Jr. Drive Cottage Grove Avenue Woodlawn Avenue Stony Island Avenue Cornell Drive Lake Shore Drive 2016 Existing ADT 314,600 4,300 11,100 18,400 3,500 13,800 27,000 46, Existing ADT with Improvements 315,500 4,800 11,300 19,100 4,200 19, , Projected ADT with Improvements 313,200 4,600 12,400 18,700 3,800 20, ,100 Maximum Capacity with Improvements 18,000 15,000 25,000 10,000 30, ,000 ADT = Average Daily Traffic Transit Ridership Projections CTA Red Line Metra Electric District Line 2016 Existing Trips per Day 137, , Projected Trips per Day 151, ,600 Note: ADT and Transit Ridership projections and redistributions are the result of modeling performed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). CMAP modeling incorporates regional population, transportation, and land use trends to develop baseline traffic data for comparison.

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25 Pedestrian, Bike, and Transit Improvements Transportation improvements will be designed using Complete Streets and Vision Zero philosophies to balance safety and convenience for all modes of transportation. Pedestrian Improvements ADA accessible sidewalk and crossings Curb extensions Pedestrian refuge islands High Visibility crosswalk markings Multi use path roadway underpasses, including 67 th and South Shore Drive Re establish connectivity across the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge Bike Improvements Will utilize Streets for Cycling 2020 Plan as a basis for improvements which may include on and off street improvements Multi use path roadway underpasses, including 67 th and South Shore Drive Re establish connectivity across the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge Transit Improvements Roadway improvements will accommodate transit operations CDOT will work with Metra, the CTA, and other partners to maintain or improve transit connections to Jackson Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. Example Curb Extensions Example Pedestrian Refuge Island Example Underpass

26 *Note estimate is based on preliminary concepts and does not represent an exact value for change in park space.

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29 Continue the Conversation Website image coming Provide Your Comments

30 Thank you! *Photos provided in presentation are by C*NECT

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