City Kicks Off 2014 Road Resurfacing Project

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants more than 300 miles of roadway throughout the city resurfaced this year

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014  |  Updated 5:02 PM CDT
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Chicago has started filling potholes and repaving more than 300 miles of streets in Chicago.

Chicago has started filling potholes and repaving more than 300 miles of streets in Chicago.

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22 Miles of Roadway Added to Resurfacing Schedule

Charlie Wojciechowski reports from 63rd and Ashland Avenue where crews were working to resurface a roadway marked by potholes.

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Road crews on Wednesday got to work resurfacing nearly 350 miles of Chicago roadways as the city's annual resurfacing project kicked off.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the ambitious project last month, pointing out that the 2014 effort will be more than double than what was achieved three years ago.

"This year, we will repave more streets than in past years, increasing our workload to further combat the pothole-filled condition of many of Chicago’s arterial streets caused by the extremely harsh winter weather," he said in a Wednesday statement.

Emanuel said much of the funding will come from the state of Illinois, which will contribute $14 million. The remaining $8 million will come from selected Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts and Corporate Fund savings.

Among the roadways that'll get attention will be 22 miles of arterial streets that were late-adds to the original project. The streets were riddled with potholes after an especially harsh wniter.

They include:

  • Halsted Street from the north branch of the Chicago River to Lake Street
  • Lake from Kedzie to Austin avenues
  • Fullerton Avenue between Ashland and Milwaukee avenues
  • Three sections of Bryn Mawr Avenue, from Pulaski Road to Central Park Avenue, from Sheridan Road to Damen Avenue and from Cumberland Avenue to East River Road
  • Archer Avenue between Harlem and Sayre avenues
  • 35th Street between Ashland and Racine avenues
  • 55th Street from Narragansett to Cicero avenues
  • 59th Street from Pulaski Road to Sacramento Avenue
  • 63rd Street from Central to Cicero avenues
  • King Drive between 37th and 51st streets
  • Ashland Avenue from 39th to 63rd streets
  • 99th Street from Western to Genoa avenues
  • 103rd Street from Torrence to Cottage Grove avenues

The City of Chicago has a map detailing the entire 2014 street resurfacing plan on its website.

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