as a new resident of lincoln square, i've been utilizing the North Branch/North shore Channel trail to commute up to my job in Evanston and had 2 questions. i've tried utilizing my google machine skills and searching this forum looking for answers, but have come up empty.
1. there's a big construction site at foster and the north shore channel that requires a detour and means the foster bridge underpass can't be accessed. does anyone know what the construction is for and when it might wrap up?
2. a while ago i read that construction on the long-delayed bike/ped bridge to get across the channel between lincoln & devon was FINALLY supposed to begin construction in spring of 2018, but i haven't seen any signs of construction along that stretch so far. does anyone know what the current status of the project is?
Re 1 - The City is building a storm water diversion tunnel to help prevent flooding in the area. See https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160510/lincoln-square/whats-with-.... It was supposed to be done about now, so hopefully the park will be restored soon.
Re 2 - It looks like the City is accepting bids until June 27, 2018. https://eprocurement.cityofchicago.org/OA_HTML/OA.jsp?page=/oracle/.... To me, that means it will be a while before any shovels hit the dirt.
thanks for the reply.
1. well, like most construction projects, they must be a bit behind schedule because it doesn't look like they'll be wrapping up anytime soon. hopefully it'll be done by the end of summer. it will be nice to have the foster underpass back open again.
2. that's a major bummer. that bridge won't necessarily save me a tremendous amount of time, but it will make the transition from the east bank path to west bank path far more safe and enjoyable than dealing with either the lincoln or devon bridges. it sounds like it's still years away though, which sucks.
At the last Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council meeting on December 12th, we were told that a contract was in place and construction would start soon on the "Stone Bridge" project that has been so long awaited.
nice! thanks for the confirmation on the contract award.
Not sure where you live in Lincoln Square but a very easy straight line to Evanston is to simply take California north from Lawrence. Lawrence has a bike lane. California is a very good street for bikes. There is enough room for one lane of driving and one lane of parking most of the way. That means bikes easiiy fit between traffic and the parked cars. once you cross Howard Street you are in a PBL in Evanston. That would be my preferred route in any circumstance. if you are going to Evanston I assume you have to go out of your way to get to either the North Branch or channel Trails. I might consider the Channel simply for the diversion but would prefer California, especially at night. .
I don't live in LS but I occasionally bike to Evanston. This route sounds good; I'm eager to check it out.
Would you please advise where the channel trail is? I may want to try and ride it.
it starts in river park, just north of lawrence on the east bank of the river. (along francisco just south of ainslee).
from there it runs north along the north branch/north shore channel until you get just past the lincoln bridge (the trail has under passes for the bridges at foster, bryn mawr, peterson, and lincoln).
at that point the trail runs on the west bank, but there's no bridge for the trail to cross the channel yet, so you either have to loop back around and go over the lincoln bridge or ride a short stretch of kedzie up to devon and cross the channel on the devon bridge.
from there the trail runs on the west bank of the channel all the way north to green bay road in evanston (paralleling mccormick blvd). total trail length is 7.0 miles.
If you're describing northbound, this route has you going north on Francisco - which is a one-way southbound!
Go north on Lawrence into Ronan Park up to Argyle on the west side of the river, then east on Argyle over the bridge then north on the train on the east side of the river
i just ride on the sidewalk in front of the MWRD pumping station on the west side of francisco to get from lawrence up to the start of the trail.
when i'm on it at 8:00am every morning there usually isn't anyone walking on it, except for an occasional jogger/dog walker, and it's only for 700' so.....
for the evening commute home it's no issue as i'm headed southbound on that short stretch of francisco.