Today’s Headlines

  • State Lawmakers Overturn Quinn’s Veto of Interstate Speed Limit Hike (Tribune)
  • CTA Plans Tours of Vacant Station Storefronts to Attract Businesses (DNA)
  • Is the Finkl Site Redevelopment an Opportunity to Extend The 606 East? (Curbed)
  • 11-Year-Old Boy Lost Leg in Blue Island Metra Crash (ABC)
  • Driver Crashes Into Arlington Heights Home (Tribune)
  • Concrete Already Falling Off Belmont Overpass, Slated for Demolition (DNA)
  • Alderman Who Killed the Independence Blvd. PBLs Not Seeking Reelection (Tribune)
  • Riders Give the CTA Holiday Bus Rave Reviews (Sun-Times)
  • Holiday Train Visits the Brown Line This Week (DNA)
  • Chinatown Vision Plan Will Be Unveiled Monday, 5:30, at 2216 S. Wentworth (DNA)

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  • alexfrancisburchard

    Lake Shore Drive is also crumbling rapidly at Grand, Illinois, and the pathway to Lake Shore East. I’ve seen chunks of concrete the size of my head laying on the sidewalk.

  • Getting the Bloomingdale Trail across the river is a great idea, but the new bridges that would be required (5 railroad tracks, the river… assuming reuse of the Elston Avenue bridge) sounds like it would cost as much as the first phase of the trail.

  • Yeah, but I bet the developers interested in Finkl might be willing to kick in some cash to be trail-adjacent.

    One commenter over on Curbed may have a point. If the 606 turns north along the rail alignment next to the Kennedy and crosses the river by repurposing the existing rail bridge up by Southport/Cortland, it’d be a lot cheaper than driving straight east and hooking north to Finkl.

  • Fred

    The Cortland car bridge is also EOL and scheduled to be replaced in the near future. If you could design bike facilities into that project, you could greatly reduce project cost as well.

    The problem with using the existing rail bridge is that it is still in use by the Chicago Terminal Railroad.