For too long, our infrastructure wasn’t a City priority. Long-needed capital projects were delayed and even basic maintenance was sometimes ignored. We are taking steps to change that and have targeted critical projects throughout the city. We are investing for the present and the future. The result is this busy summer of construction.
For the first time in thirty years, we’re installing new sidewalks. Our goal is to eliminate dead-ends in the middle of busy blocks and provide safer passage on high traffic streets. It’s a matter of safety, but also helps us to connect with each other. Many kids in the south part of town will now be able to walk or bike to Edgewood Middle School without crossing busy Green Bay Road twice to get to school. Residents walking to Rosewood Beach will finally have safe access along portions of Sheridan Road. Dead-ending sidewalks in Fort Sheridan will get connected. Click here for more information.
A few other construction highlights:
- The $30 million upgrade to the water treatment plant is on schedule and on budget. This will ensure safer, clean water to our community for decades to come. Click here for the City webpage dedicated to the project.
- New water mains are being installed in an effort to diminish the number of disruptive water main breaks.
- Many storm and sanitary sewers are being replaced or re-lined in an effort to address basement back-ups and to mitigate flooding during heavy storms.
- Miles of roads are being re-surfaced.
- The Central Ave. beach stairs will be replaced in the coming months, in partnership with the Park District.
While construction can be a bit of a nuisance, it is a sign that we are focusing on one of the core responsibilities of local government. Click here to see a city map detailing what’s happening in your neighborhood.
What’s next? We begin work on our 2014 budget on August 5 with meetings that are open to the public. It’s our priority to continue investing in our infrastructure. If you have comments or suggestions, we look forward to your input during the budget planning sessions this fall.
Thank you for pardoning our mess. We think you’ll be pleased with the results.