I have great news for Ridge Blvd. motorists. The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to resurface Ridge, from Fargo to Devon. The work is scheduled to begin next Tuesday, August 15th, weather permitting.
I don’t need to tell you this is a long overdue improvement. Ridge is a state highway and responsibility for resurfacing the street rests with the State of Illinois. The budget impasse in Springfield over the last few years prevented the work from moving forward.
Though resurfacing Ridge is a State responsibility, conditions on portions of the roadway became so intolerable that voters in the 49th Ward’s 2014 Participatory Budgeting election voted to resurface Ridge, from Fargo north to Howard, using funds from the ward’s discretionary capital improvement budget.
The projected is expected to be completed this fall.
Motorists will experience delays and should allow extra time for trips through the area.
In the meantime, my staff assistants and I continue to ride herd on the Touhy Avenue water main project contractor. The project, which is months behind, and the contractor have been the object of my ire. The contractor reports he is two weeks away from completing the work on Touhy west of Ridge and at least a month away from completing the work east of Ridge. The Chicago Department of Transportation will resurface Touhy after the project is completed.
For up-to-date information on the Touhy water main project, click here.