Coinciding with Department of Public Work's Pedestrian Tunnel and Bridge project, Reservoir Drive in Highland Park was repaved and restriped with improved pavement marking and vertical elements to create a safer condition for all park visitors, whether they enjoy the park by foot, bike or car. The project included quick-build traffic calming elements and improved accessibility features throughout the park's central loop.
As of November 2023, this project has been completed! Members of the community joined us on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of this work and the reopening of Reservoir Drive and the Highland Park Pedestrian Tunnel.
The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) will be following up on the success of these installations with ADA ramp and sidewalk improvements in 2024.
Following a short-term pedestrianization of Highland Park's central loop to motor vehicles in 2020 during the COVID lockdown, Council District 7 and the city's Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) began working with community stakeholders to design a future Reservoir Drive that was accessible to cars, but prioritized safety for all users. The project was delayed due to the construction of the pedestrian tunnel and bridge, but as that project concluded this summer, these improvements were installed, including a full repaving of the roadway.
This project was established as part of the Complete Streets initiative, which seeks to update the right-of-way to be safer and more comfortable for diverse and vulnerable users like pedestrians and those riding transit, bicycles, and more.