CHICAGO (WBBM) – If you thought construction season was just coming to an end, think again if you use Congress Parkway downtown.

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congress parkway artist rendering 2 Congress Parkway Getting A Makeover

Congress Parkway Artist Rendering (City Of Chicago

Starting today, an improvement project begins along Congress Parkway between Michigan Avenue and Wells Street.

When it’s all over, there should be wider sidewalks for pedestrians, less zig-zagging of lanes, new traffic signals with the countdown feature and new turn lanes.

The city’s Brian Steele says there’ll be something for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

“A main corridor like that, you really want to be a showpiece for the city of Chicago and you want to make sure that all the modes of travel are functioning as conveniently and safely as possible.”

Steele says the $17 million project will last until late next year. Expect lane reductions.

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