- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Construction begins next week on an elevated path meant to help bikers and walkers safely navigate a heavily-used area near Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for the so-called Navy Pier Flyover.

The 16-foot-wide elevated path will be part of the city’s 18-mile Lakefront Trail. It’ll allow bicyclists and pedestrians to avoid congested intersections near Navy Pier, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.

Officials say the $60 million project is partially funded by federal grants meant to lessen congestion and improve air quality. It should be completed in 2018.

Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld says the flyover will be “architecturally stunning” as well as functional.

Chicago’s extensive lakefront parks, paths and artwork have long attracted tourists and use by local residents.

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