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Pawar And CDOT To Field Questions On Lawrence Ave. Plans

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Proposed streetscape conditions (not finalized) on Lawrence east of Western Ave. Photo courtesy CDOT..

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will present an update on the “Lawrence Avenue Road Diet” project, first unveiled in July 2010. Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) will also be present to field questions at the event hosted by the Ravenswood Community Council and scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chase Park Theatre, 4701 N. Ashland Ave.

The “Road Diet” project, which entails reducing the number of lanes from four to three between Ashland and Western Avenues, adding a bike lane and widening sidewalks, was originally projected to cost $10-$12 million, according to CDOT. When it was announced, city officials planned to begin work on the project, “2011 at the earliest” but no specific date had been set and funds for the project had not yet been identified.

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  • http://twitter.com/BubblyCreekBG Bubbly Creek BG

    So this seems like a fairly important discussion that a lot of folks have expressed interested in. Why the hell then has this been scheduled on a Tuesday at 10:00am. I think most of us taxpayers have J-O-B-S

    Can someone from Pawar’s office help me understand?

    • Anonymous

      Yes true – some of us still have jobs (though that’s dwindling)

  • Anonymous

    Great !  I want to see this extend west to the river !

  • http://www.facebook.com/leecrandell Lee Crandell

    More of this, please! Our streets need to be safer.  We need more space for sidewalks and bikes, and we need to narrow more streets so drivers will start following the speed limit and stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks. Can’t wait to see this project completed.

  • http://profiles.google.com/stfuxoxo JJ Doe

    I understand (and agree) that bike lanes need to be added.

    But Lawrence is already such a cluster %^$& that I can’t understand why the number of lanes would be REDUCED. 

  • http://twitter.com/ChicagoYeti Chicago Yeti

    Chicago, you really aren’t serious about bike lane!  Chicago paints some stripes and tell cars not to drive in them.  But cars do and sometimes have to drive in the bike lanes due to congestion.  If Chicago is REALLY serious about being a bike friendly city create raised bike lanes even with or slightly below the side walks.  That will keep bikers and traffic separate.  They did it in Munich.  They can do it here!   

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