Potholes be gone! I am pleased to report that over 40 blocks of some of the worst residential streets in the neighborhood will be resurfaced by the end of this year.
This will provide welcome relief to motorists and bicyclists alike who have been dodging potholes and enduring bumpy rides, especially since this year’s brutal winter wreaked havoc on our streets. Having these streets freshly resurfaced will serve as an important protection against a reappearance of potholes should this upcoming winter prove as brutal as the last.
For a list of the blocks to be resurfaced,CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom of this email.
The street resurfacing work already began in some sections of the 49th Ward. Though I’m gratified the work has started, the City did not provide adequate notice to either me or the residents in some of the affected areas. No parking signs reportedly were posted late last Friday for work that began at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday. Cars were ticketed and towed.
This lack of notice is completely unacceptable and I have made my displeasure known to the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for posting the signs.
If you received a parking ticket on Saturday morning in one of the street resurfacing areas, please reply to this email or contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-338-5796. We will write a letter of explanation on your behalf that you can use when appealing your ticket. Though I cannot guarantee a favorable result, the hearing officers usually grant relief in these type of cases.
Ordinarily, residential street resurfacing is paid for out of the $1.3 million in discretionary “aldermanic menu money” that each alderman receives for his or her ward. My staff and I have been negotiating throughout the summer with City officials, including representatives from the Department of Water Management and Peoples Gas to supplement my menu money to get as many streets resurfaced as possible.
Because of the inconvenience and hardship created by their gas main installation work, Peoples Gas has agreed to resurface some extra blocks above and beyond that required by their agreement with the City. The Department of Water Management has agreed to resurface curb to curb the streets on which they have installed new water mains.
Negotiations are continuing and I am hopeful I will be able to announce more street resurfacing projects before the end of this year’s construction season. My staff and I are still in negotiations with Peoples Gas regarding the resurfacing of Clark Street from Devon to Howard.
In the meantime, the blocks that are confirmed to be resurfaced are listed below in alphabetical order.
1300 W. Albion–Lakewood to Glenwood
1100 W. Arthur–Sheridan to Magnolia
1200 W. Arthur–Magnolia to Lakewood
1300 W. Arthur–Lakewood to Glenwood
1300 W. Birchwood–the Lake to Sheridan
1400 W. Birchwood–Sheridan to Greenview
7500 N. Eastlake–Birchwood to Howard
7600 N. Eastlake–Howard to Rogers
1400 W. Estes–Glenwood to Greenview
1500 W. Estes–Greenview to Ashland
1600 W. Estes–Ashland to Paulina
1700 W. Estes–Paulina to Clark
2000 W. Estes–Damen to Ridge
1300 W. Fargo–the Lake to Sheridan
1400 W. Fargo–Sheridan to Greenview
1500 W. Fargo–Greenview to Ashland
2000 W. Fargo–Damen to Seeley
1200 W. Farwell–Sheridan to Wayne
1300 W. Farwell–Wayne to Glenwood
1400 W. Farwell–Glenwood to Greenview
1500 W. Farwell–Greenview to Ashland
7600 N. Greenview–Howard to Jonquil
1500 W. Jarvis–Greenview to Ashland
1600 W. Jarvis–Ashland to Paulina
1700 W. Jarvis–Paulina to Clark
1400 W. Jonquil–Sheridan to Greenview
1500 W. Jonquil–Greenview to Ashland
1400 & 1500 W. Juneway–Sheridan to Ashland
6400 N. Lakewood–Devon to Arthur
6400 N. Magnolia–Devon to Arthur
1600 W. Lunt–Ashland to Paulina
1700 W. Lunt–Paulina to Clark
1200 W. Morse–Sheridan to Wayne
1600 W. North Shore–Ashland to Clark
7050 N. Paulina–Greenleaf to Estes
7100 N. Paulina–Estes to Touhy
7450 N. Ridge–Fargo to Birchwood
7500 N. Ridge–Birchwood to Howard
7000 N. Wolcott–Lunt to Greenleaf
7400 N. Wolcott–Fargo to Birchwood
7500 N. Wolcott–Birchwood to Howard