Today, Mayor Emanuel has announced the resurfacing project of Arterial Streets. This repaving project will begin today, repaving 13 of the 350 miles of potholes in Chicago.
This project has been a long coming. Part of a “Building a New Chicago” initiative. In part of a $15 million project funded through federal grants to improve the city’s streets. At this time, $2 million from this funding have been allocated to the resurfacing of the streets and alleys. The focus of this project is to patch or resurface the potholes. Depending on the severity of the depth of the holes will determine the resurfacing of the pothole.
So far, it has been reported that approximately 4,600 miles around the city, has been repaved. This project is the initial core of his plan to address the vast number of potholes around the city from the harsh winter that plagued Chicago. These funds will allow for CDOT to respond more efficiently in addressing the multiple reports of potholes around the city. Allowing crews to increase the manpower available to work around the clock and resolve these situations.
Additionally, the Arterial Streets project is a collaborative effort from several City of Chicago departments. The expectations set for this project includes the collaborative effort from the Department of Water Management to install approximately 85 miles of new water main; which will include sewer improvements.
In addition, utility companies will take part in the resurfacing efforts in part of this project, which includes electric, gas, and telecommunication companies. This is expected to be a collaborative effort, set by the Mayor to improve the quality of life here in Chicago, under his Arterial Streets project.
Crews are expected to work together starting today, until all of the potholes have been resurfaced. This project is expected to continue throughout the upcoming months.