I have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is the 49th Ward is slated to receive 12 blocks of new water mains this summer. The bad news is the 49th Ward is slated to receive 12 blocks of new water mains this summer.
Many of the water mains that will be replaced this summer are over 100 years old. To ensure the continued delivery of safe drinking water, and to prevent water leaks and cave-ins that occur when old water mains break and/or collapse, it is absolutely imperative that the City install the new mains.
However, the work required to install the new mains poses an undeniable headache to the residents who live on those blocks, especially in a ward such as ours that suffers from a chronic shortage of on-street parking. My staff and I will work closely with the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management and its contractors to minimize the inconvenience as much as possible.
This includes working to insure that the City posts parking restriction signs only when necessary to complete the work. We’ve already received reports from residents who live in the vicinity Lakewood/Magnolia/Arthur that the City posted no parking signs with little or no notice and in an overly large geographical area. We are working with the City to address those concerns.
Work has already begun on the streets below. The City assures us the work will be completed by the end of September:
• Lakewood from Devon to Arthur
• Magnolia from Devon to Arthur
• Arthur from Sheridan to Glenwood
Work will begin as soon as mid-June on the streets below. The work should be completed by the end of October.
• Lakewood from Farwell to Morse
• Paulina from Lunt to Greenleaf
• Greenleaf from Ashland to Clark
• Farwell from Sheridan to Ashland
In addition, several blocks of streets are on tap to receive new sewer linings. The new linings will extend the life of existing sewers without the expense and disruption of installing new sewer. The blocks are as follows:
• Newgard from Devon to Albion
• Sheridan from Birchwood to Howard
This work is slated to begin later this June and may require some limited parking restrictions on those blocks.
My small staff and I will do the best we can to monitor the City’s work on these projects, but we can’t be there every day. That’s why we depend on you to be our eyes and ears. If you have any concerns about the work, especially if you believe parking restriction signs are posted unnecessarily, please let my office know and we will investigate. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and our phone number is 773-338-5796.
Working together, we can minimize the disruption caused by this essential work.