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River North Infrastructure Improvements

March 18, 2016

 

Alderman Reilly is pleased to highlight the following infrastructure improvements that were recently completed in the River North neighborhood.

 

The Alderman allocated a portion of the Aldermanic Menu to fund these significant neighborhood improvements.

 

Dedicated Left Turn Signal Installed

at the intersection of Grand and Kingsbury

 

Alderman Reilly is very pleased to announce the installation of a left turn signal at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Kingsbury Street!

 

Previously, eastbound drivers on Grand, making a left turn to travel north on Kingsbury, had difficulty making the turn during the green signal phase due to conflicts with pedestrians in the crosswalk and heavy westbound vehicular traffic. These conditions often permitted only 1-2 vehicles to complete their turn during the green signal phase.

 

In response to neighborhood concerns about traffic congestion, Alderman Reilly requested that the Chicago Department of Transportation review this intersection to determine if a left turn arrow could be installed. CDOT reviewed the traffic volumes and determined that a left turn arrow was warranted. The new left turn signal was installed in fall, 2015.

 

The photos below illustrate the turn signal in use:

 

 

 

 

Street Resurfacing and Street Light Pole Upgrades

 

Alderman Reilly also allocated a portion of the Aldermanic Menu to fund several resurfacingprojects in River North. Erie Street from Kingsbury Street to Larrabee Street, and Ontario Street from Kingsbury Street to Orleans Street were recently resurfaced. The project required the removal of concrete and pavement; adjustment of catch basins, manholes, water valves and inlets; resurfacing; and the installation of new pavement markings.

 

The Chicago Department of Transportation also improved the street lighting on Ontario Street, from Kingsbury to Orleans. The light fixtures were upgraded and the light poles on Ontario were repainted, using a durable black resin-based paint.

 

The photos below illustrate the before and after condition of the street pavement and street lamps.

 

Erie BEFORE (detail)

 

 

Erie BEFORE (facing west)

 

 

 

 

Erie AFTER (facing west)

 

 

Erie AFTER (facing east)

 

 

Ontario BEFORE (facing west)

 

 

Ontario AFTER (facing west)

 

 

Ontario AFTER (facing east)

 

 

Ontario Street Lights AFTER

 

 

 

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Chicago Loop Link Opens Sunday, December 20

December 18, 2015

 

ThisSunday, December 20, Loop Link service is scheduled to begin at seven of the eight new raised CTA bus boarding stations on Washington Street and Madison Street, with the eighth station on Madison, east of Wabash, expected to open in January.City workers will be completing final touches on some of the stations after theDecember 20th launch. Work on the Canal Street leg of the Loop Link is scheduled to be completed in spring 2016.

 

 

Infrastructure changes related to the Loop Link project include: red pavement and enhanced signage clearly delineating CTA bus lanes; raised station platforms to provide easier boarding; early signals for buses at key intersections to get ahead of traffic; distinct bus stations with large canopies, CTA Bus Tracker screens, and generous amounts of seating for waiting customers.

(Washington, approaching LaSalle)

 

Eastbound Washington Street will feature ared bus-only lane that will be served by four island bus-boarding platforms. Two general traffic lanes will remain for traffic through the Loop. A bike lane against the southern curb on Washington will be protected from auto and bus traffic. Madison Street will have similar lane configurations and four bus-boarding platforms.

 

A new westbound bike lane will be installed on Randolph Street in 2016. Clinton Street also features a redCTA bus only lane and two general traffic lanes. A two-way bike lane has been installed on Clinton, similar to Dearborn Street.

 

MOTORISTS are urged to pay close attention to lane markings and new signage as they become accustomed to the new traffic configuration.

 

For cars and other motor vehicles, the Loop Link includes 20 new left turn and right turn arrows at key intersections designed to improve traffic flow. These dedicated turn signals will increase turning capacity and reduce conflicts with people walking and biking. Additionally, CDOT has made sure that all traffic signalization has been recalibrated to avoid "block the box" and other congestion scenarios.

 

Cars will be prohibited from driving in the red, CTA bus only lanes. To prevent conflicts at the locations where motorists must cross the CTA bus lane to access a right turn lane, CTA buses will have a "queue jump," or a special traffic signal before general traffic. This will allow buses to cross the intersection first; motorists will then be able to cross the CTA bus lane behind any buses. This will position right-turning motorists to the right of the CTA bus lane in a dedicated right turn lane at the intersection. Motorists will have a protected right turn arrow and bicyclists will have a dedicated bicycle signal, eliminating conflicts between right turning cars and either bicyclists or pedestrians.

 

In addition, right turns have been restricted at four locations on the Loop Link corridors, where traffic patterns showed there were relatively few turning vehicles and nearby alternatives:

  • Washington to southbound LaSalle
  • Madison to northbound Dearborn
  • Madison to northbound Wacker
  • Jackson to southbound Canal

 

BICYCLISTS are urged to pay close attention to the pavement markings and safety signage on the new green bike lanes. Bicyclists are required to yield to pedestrians who are crossing the bike lane, and obey all the Rules of the Road.

 

PEDESTRIANS are urged not to walk or stand in the green bike lanes and to obey signals when crossing at intersections. At 19 crosswalks, the crossing distance has been shortened to make it safer and easier for pedestrians to cross.

 

If you have questions about the Loop Link, please contact Senior Project Manager Kevin Ahern at 312-498-8940 o rkahern@benesch.com.

 

To learn more, click here to read the official press release or visittransitchicago.com/looplink.

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River North Infrastructure Improvement: Chicago Avenue and Rush Street Resurfaced!

December 13, 2015

 

Alderman Reilly is very pleased to announce the completion of much-needed street resurfacing on Chicago Avenue from Wabash Street to Rush Street, and Rush Street from Chicago Avenue to Superior Street. The project was completed in early October.

 

The project required the removal of concrete and pavement; adjustment of catch basins, manholes, water valves and inlets; resurfacing; and the installation of new pavement markings.

 

Chicago Avenue is a major east-west arterial street in Chicago that runs approximately 12.2 miles beginning at the shores of Lake Michigan, running west to 17th Avenue in Melrose Park, Illinois, where it ends a few feet north of Lake Street.

 

Alderman Reilly allocated a portion of his Aldermanic Menu for this important neighborhood improvement.

 

Please see the below photographs illustrating the before, during, and after condition of the street:

 

Street Condition BEFORE





Street Condition DURING





Street Condition AFTER



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JeffQuincResurfacingQuincy Street and Jefferson Street Resurfacing Project Complete!

October 23, 2015

 

Alderman Reilly is very pleased to announce the completion of street resurfacing in the Near West Loop and Fulton River District neighborhoods. Quincy Street from Clinton to Jefferson, Jefferson Street from Adams to Monroe, and Jefferson Street from Lake to Fulton were recently resurfaced.
 
The project required the removal of concrete and pavement; adjustment of catch basins, manholes, water valves and inlets; resurfacing; and the installation of new pavement markings.
 
The improvement of Quincy Street, from Clinton to Jefferson, was completed the week of September 28. The improvements on Jefferson Street were completed the week of October 5.
 
Alderman Reilly allocated a portion of his Aldermanic Menu to fund these important improvements.
 
Please see the below photographs illustrating "before" and "after" conditions:

Quincy from Clinton to Jefferson


 



Jefferson from Adams to Monroe



Jefferson from Fulton to Lake

 

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Adams Street Bridge Closed for Reconstruction

January 22, 2016

 

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is closing the roadway on the Adams Street Bridge over the South Branch of the Chicago River beginning after the evening rush houronMonday,January25. The bridge closure will continue for approximately 13 months.

 

This reconstruction project is necessary because the Adams Street Bridge was deemed unsafe by the United States Department of Transportation. As such, public works projects are permitted to work outside private construction hours of 8:00am - 8:00pm. Unfortunately for some nearby neighbors, this may result in overnight noise associated with construction.

 

Throughout this project, CDOT will maintain pedestrian access over the bridge to Union Station, except for two 30-day closures scheduled for later this year and some intermittent night and weekend closures.

 

The Adams Street Bridge,dedicated August, 1927,is one of Chicago's iconic bascule bridges that raises and lowers to allow for boat traffic on the river. CDOT has rebuilt or substantially repaired most of the other bascule bridges over the past ten years. This work allows for restoration of their function and extension of their usable life.

 

(Adams Street Bridge in upright position - photo courtesy of Chicago Loop Bridges)

 

Project Scope:

The project consists of the reconstruction of the existing viaduct structure over the Union Station tracks, improvements to the Adams Street and Canal Street intersection, new street lighting and traffic signals, improved roadway drainage, and structural and electrical improvements to the Adams Street Bascule Bridge.

 

Click here to download the project presentation

 

Detour Routes and Traffic Impacts:

Westbound traffic will be detoured to Wacker, and motorists may go south to Van Buren or north to Madison to continue westbound across the river. Once on the west side of the river, motorists should use Jefferson (from Van Buren) or Clinton (from Madison) to return to westbound Adams Street.

 

Click here to download the Adams Street Detour Map for motor vehicles and bicycles

 

Two new pick-up/drop-off areas for Union Station passengers will be implemented for the duration of the project. These locations will be located on the curb of Jackson, between Canal and Clinton, and the curb of Adams, between Canal and Clinton.

 

CTA Impacts:

Seven CTA bus routes will be impacted and rerouted beginning Monday,January25: #1 Bronzeville/Union Station, #7 Harrison, #28 Stony Island, #121 Union/Streeterville Express, #126 Jackson, #151 Sheridan and #156 LaSalle.For more details, please visit:

www.transitchicago.com/alerts

 

The closure will require reroutes in the immediate surrounding area and will also require the temporary relocation, removal and/or addition of bus stops along the affected routes. In general, most affected routes will be detoured from Adams to Van Buren via Wacker. Customers boarding buses near Union Station will also be affected.CTA will continue to work closely with CDOT to provide the most convenient service possible for persons traveling in the area.

 

Click here toview the project page.

 

For questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact theField Office at 312-255-7428 for the Senior Project Manager, Rich Jarmakowicz on his cell phone at 630-487-8874.

 

 

 

New 42nd Ward Resurfacing Improvements

January 22, 2016

 

Alderman Reilly is very pleased to announce the completion of several resurfacing projects in the New Eastside, Streeterville, and River North neighborhoods.

 

The Alderman allocated a portion of the Aldermanic Menu to fund these significant neighborhood improvements.

 

Street resurfacing projects require the removal of concrete and pavement; adjustment of catch basins, manholes, water valves and inlets; resurfacing; and the installation of new pavement markings.

 

The photos below illustrate the before and after condition of the streets that were recently repaved.

 

South Water Street between Stetson and Columbus

 

 

Lake Street between Michigan Avenue and Stetson Street

 

 

 

Illinois Street between Michigan Avenue and Cityfront Plaza

 

Hubbard Street between State Street and Wabash Avenue

 

 

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December 11, 2015

 

Alderman Reilly is very pleased to announce the completion of three infrastructure improvement projects serving the New Eastside, Streeterville, and River North Neighborhoods.

 

The Alderman allocated a portion of the Aldermanic Menu to fund these significant neighborhood improvements.

 

 

Improvements to Bridge Tower Stairway

at Lake Shore Drive and Chicago River

 

The bridge tower located at the southwest corner of the Lake Shore Drive Bridge and the Chicago River serves as an important pedestrian connection between the New Eastside and Streeterville neighborhoods.

A number of residents reported concerns with the condition of the stairway, including: graffiti, peeling paint, and general disrepair. Upon receipt of these complaints, Alderman Reilly engaged CDOT to take action and improve the stairway condition.

 

CDOT removed the graffiti, painted the bridge tower and installed a handrail to improve the pedestrian experience. The photos below illustrate the before and after condition of the stairway.

 



 

 

 

Street Resurfacing on East Randolph Street

 

East Randolph Street, between Stetson Avenue and Field Boulevard, was recently resurfaced. The project required the removal of concrete and pavement; adjustment of catch basins, manholes, water valves and inlets; resurfacing; and the installation of new pavement markings. The photos below illustrate the before and after condition of the street.

 

 

 

 

Street Resurfacing and

Alley Repair on Franklin Street

 

Franklin Street, between Huron Street and Ohio Street was recently resurfaced. Alderman Reilly also directed CDOT to repair the east entrance of the alley bounded by Franklin Street, Erie Street, Ontario Street, and Orleans Street. As many River North residents had observed, standing water frequently collected at the alley entrance, which made it difficult for residents to use the sidewalk and alley.

 

The photos below illustrate the before, during, and after condition of the alley and the completed Franklin Street resurfacing project.

 

 

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