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But despite the recent resurfacing and after a brutal winter, the street is heavily pockmarked by potholes.
Alderman Carrie Austin (34th) told newly appointed Chicago Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld about the problems with the recently repaved street and now the city has decided to do a complete audit of about 100 miles of roadway which were repaved in 2013 according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The implication is that either the work or the materials used to repave those streets may be suspect.
The city says it may put any of the four contractors who’s work from last year is now falling apart, on the hook to repair the work they did.
Here’s the full story, “Complaint about cracks in repaved street triggers citywide audit.”
Chicago’s new speed camera program continues to expand at a rapid rate with more cameras starting ticketing and warning periods next week.
On Monday, March 3rd speed cams near Gage Park (2500 block of W. 55th) and McGuane Park (2900 block of S. Halsted St.) have finished their warning periods and will begin issuing tickets.
While cameras near two schools will begin their 30-day warning period that same day outside of Pickard (2300 block of W. Cermak Rd.) and Burr School (1600 block of N. Ashland Ave.
Drivers near speed cameras issuing tickets are supposed to be fined $35 for going six to ten mph over the limit and $100 for exceeding the limit by 11 mph or more.
This malevolent sub-zero and snowy winter of 2014 has left most city streets pockmarked and bone shaking for drivers.
But the City of Chicago is fighting back by bringing in six seasonal work crews to assist the repair crews already trying to keep up with a never ending outbreak of axle breaking potholes.
The Chicago Department of Transportation made the announcement Saturday according to DNA Info.
A few blocks of Western Avenue was going to be closed over this coming weekend (February 7-9) to remove a bridge.
But due to what’s being called “weather complications”, the Chicago Department of Transportation has postponed the removal of the railroad bridge on Western Avenue at Bloomingdale Avenue.
According to CDOT, due to the width of the concrete piers, the railroad viaduct slated for removal causes considerable traffic bottlenecks on North Western Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. It will eventually be replaced with a new bridge that will allow for better traffic flow.
Rebekah Scheinfeld got a big thumbs up Monday.
Scheinfeld won approval by the Chicago City Council’s Transportation Committee on Monday after a hearing on her nomination according to the Sun-Times.
At the hearing, Scheinfeld said some interesting things.
First, she admitted she has very little knowledge of the city’s burgeoning speed camera program saying she’s, “not up to speed on speed cameras.”
Speed cameras outside of three high schools will began issuing tickets or warnings on Friday, January 31st according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
On the South Side, the three speed cameras near St. Rita High School (in the 7700 block of South Western Avenue and the 2500 block of West 79th Street) began issuing tickets on Friday.
Drivers will be fined $35 for going six to ten mph over the limit and $100 for exceeding the limit by 11 mph or more.
The Bridgeport Citizens Group is offering a $20 gift certificate to Jackalope Coffee and Tea House,755 W. 32nd Street for the individual who identifies the largest pothole in that neighborhood according to DNA Info.
Participants need to use a tape measure to measure and photograph potholes on streets or alleys located in the Bridgeport neighborhood and then e-mail the photos to the group at: Bridgeportcitizensgroup@gmail.com.
The boos, catcalls, jeers and raised voices of indignant Northwest Side residents filled the room at a community meeting Monday night.
According to DNA Info residents and business owners in the 45th Ward loudly complained about proposed changes to Milwaukee Avenue between Lawrence and Elston.
One proposal, which would eliminate a lane of traffic in each direction and add protected bike lanes got the most negative feedback according to the story, and forced Ald. John Arena (45th) to quiet the crowd.
CDOT officials say the elimination of traffic lanes will improve traffic flow and improve safety by reducing crashes.
With much fanfare, the City of Chicago announced in October it would decommission 38 red light cameras at 18 locations citywide early in 2014.
The city said that this handful of cameras had no reports of red angle crashes at each location over the past 12 months. So because they had done their job the city would remove them from the nation’s largest red light camera enforcement program.
But according to DNA Info, due to the complaints of Alderman Harry Osterman (48th), the Chicago Department of Transportation has changed their minds and is allowing the RLC at Hollywood Avenue and Sheridan (near the entrance to Lake Shore Drive) will now be allowed to remain.
“Mayor Emanuel has directed pothole crews to work nonstop — seven days a week — to
attack potholes resulting from most frigid temperatures Chicago has seen in decades,” says a terse statement from the Mayor’s Office. “Crews will work the seven days a week schedule until April, weather permitting, to fill the holes.”
Pavement potholes are caused when water gets into cracks in the asphalt, freezes and then thaws to weaken and often loosen the roadway.