The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) was joined today by Alderman Ariel Reboyras (30th Ward) for a ground breaking for the next phase of the Milwaukee Avenue reconstruction project that will run between Belmont and Addison. The project, which is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago Program, will provide new street lighting and sidewalks and a new roadway surface.
“Investments in roads, sidewalks and lighting are investments in our neighborhoods and Chicago’s future,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “The reconstruction of the Milwaukee Avenue corridor is creating better communities for residents, a better environment for small businesses and new jobs for Chicagoans.”
The project will include new roadway pavement, sidewalks, curb and gutter upgrades, along with decorative LED streetlights and new landscaping. Traffic signals at Keeler, Pulaski and Belmont will also be improved with new LED fixtures that are easier for motorists and pedestrians to see.
“This stretch of Milwaukee is a core part of our ward and provides an anchor for area residents,” Alderman Reboyras said. “These improvements will be welcomed by the community.”
Work on utility upgrades will begin this week, with repaving, sidewalk repairs and parkway work beginning next spring.
The ground breaking marks the fourth of nine projects that make up the overall Milwaukee Ave reconstruction project from Gale Street at the northern edge of Chicago to Grand Avenue just west of the central business district.
“Rebuilding Milwaukee Avenue is a good example of how upgrading infrastructure can make a difference to a community, as we have already seen in completed sections to the north and west of the street,” CDOT Commissioner Scheinfeld said. “But there is more work to do and we look forward to continuing our progress to ensure this project stays on track.”
Reconstructing of Milwaukee Avenue is part of Mayor Emanuel’s goal of Building a New Chicago. Additional major road work reconstruction projects have included: Damen, Elston and Fullerton; Western, Belmont and Clybourn; Oak Park Avenue from Irving Park Road to Forest Preserve Drive and the Wells and Wentworth Corridor in Chinatown.
Since the Mayor took office, CDOT has repaired or resurfaced more than one third of the city’s residential and arterial streets and alleys.
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