CHICAGO (CBS) — A series of projects to improve safety on Randolph Street in the Loop have been completed.

The improvement projects, which included street resurfacing and adding protected bike lanes, were done to make it safer and easier for people to walk, bike and drive in the Loop, the Chicago Department of Transportation said in a statement Friday.

Randolph and Dearborn streets were resurfaced, CDOT said. Protected bike lanes was added to Randolph Street from Michigan Avenue to Clinton Street.

“The opening of the new westbound Randolph bike lane provides Chicago’s Loop with one of the country’s best downtown protected bike lane networks,” CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said.

Other safety improvements included shortening the crossing distances at several locations and adding protected intersections with pedestrian refuge islands, CDOT said.

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