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Midway Airport Faces Extended Lane Closures On A Main Access Road

A Midway modernization project may result in major lane closures for the next two years. These lane reductions were started in mid-January on Cicero Avenue, which is a main access road to the Midway International Airport. Cicero Avenue will be reduced to two lanes between West 56th Street and West 61st Street. One lane will be closed in both directions which is likely to cause increased congestion near Midway Airport.

The first step in this $400 million modernization program is the expansion the Midway security checkpoint facility. The updates to this facility will make it seven times wider and double its capacity, enabling airport security to process 5,000 passengers per hour.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has supplied local residents with a flier that  provides useful travel tips and highlights changes in traffic patterns. This flier can be found on both the Midway Modernization website and the Midway Airport website.

There will be other systems in place to help motorist through these lane closures. City traffic management staff will help guide traffic during the highest periods of congestion. There will also be message boards set up to alert motorists of approaching work areas.

Though these systems will help, the CDA encourages travelers to consider utilizing the Chicago Transit Authority’s Orange Lines or alternative parking lots to avoid these highly congested areas. Park Ride Fly is an offsite discount airport parking facility that has been providing quality service to Chicago’s Midway airport for over 10 years. We can help save you time, energy, money, and worry! Our complimentary shuttle service will provide you with comfortable and convenient transportation to the terminal. We also offer complete luggage assistance, free parking rewards, 24-hour security, and more.


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