I don't use the lakepath for my commute, but I'm sure plenty on here do.
Curious to hear how your commutes were affected on Day 1 of the closure. Post here!
Took the LFT for the first time since the detour this morning. It was actually pretty pleasant, except for the ubiquitous Canada goose droppings! (And saw one guy just buzz right through with no hesitation past the construction barricade. Nice. Just give non-cyclists more reason to hate on us.)
I agree with those who say the detour is well marked...however, once you get to North Avenue, all bets are off. The signs have ambiguous double-arrows and you have to pretty much guess where to go, especially where it splits off into three different directions. I ended up on Clark Street, personally, despite consistently going to the *left* southbound (the water is to the left, correct?)...
All in all, the detour added about eight minutes to my average LFT trip.
I am going to see it for myself in a could of hours. Will report on it.
I got le Fat Bike... will ride with fat tires to get to the fishing destination... and back.
LFT was a beast today -- if you're riding on ti today, be aware of park vehicles and construction vehicles in several spots. A few times I actually had to hop off my bike and walk it -- including by the detour. I asked a guy working if there were any more that I should know about heading south, and he said, "Honestly, I don't know; I'm not working on the trial -- I'm here to fix that signal." (this was under the bridge near Diversey.) Easily added 15 minutes to my trip (on top of the detour). :(
Using the underpass south of Belmont is much safer (and shorter) than using the posted Diversey underpass detour.
I take the LFTNorth most days and after taking the marked detour in the rain once, have stopped using it.
The signs are open at diversey. Just after crossing the harbor, I go down to the waterfront and ride there. It's really pleasant -- with the wind blowing the right way you can actually hear quiet instead of cars for awhile.
Closer to Fullerton the work is done and you rejoin the regular path until the detour ends at North Ave.
This probably won't work for the whole time but it does now, and I'm sure we can update if conditions change.