A $7.4 million facelift of Clark Street begins this week, as the Clark Street streetscaping project is expected to break ground on Tuesday, April 27.?The streetscape will take place between Montrose Avenue and Ainslie Street, and it includes various infrastructure and aesthetic upgrades, like street repaving, stamped crosswalks, bike racks, and new light poles and benches. The first phase of the project will affect the western side of Clark Street between Lawrence Avenue and Ainslie Street, and then construction moves south along the westside of Clark.
Meanwhile, the Lawrence Avenue streetscape is still in the design phase, according to Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Brian Steele. Steele said the streetscape will cover Lawrence from the Chicago River to Ravenswood Avenue, but he said no construction date has been set.
Schulter said the two streetscaping projects are part of a larger effort.
“The totality of the whole area is to make things more pedestrian oriented.” said Schulter. Schulter said he hopes the Lawrence streetscape will begin in 2011.