What percentage of the total budget should go toward street resurfacing?
Resurfacing is necessary to address streets that have deteriorated, are safety hazards and are generally in poor condition. Residents, businesses and visitors to the 22nd Ward will benefit from improved safety when driving.
Menu money is the only available funding for residential street resurfacing in Chicago’s wards. Thanks to a federal subsidy, the cost for the first five blocks of resurfaced streets is $38,000 per block. The average cost for each street resurfaced in addition to the initial five is $66,500.
Streets in Poor Condition:
|Percentage of the budget spent||Cost||Approximate # of blocks resurfaced|
Updates to existing light poles will improve nighttime visibility, safety, and pedestrian comfort. These improvements include increasing wattage, repainting light poles, and/or installing spotlights at the following locations:
Estimated Cost: $27,800
Alley Apron Repair
Alley aprons are located at the ends of alleys and serve two main purposes. They create a smooth and safe point of entry into alleys for vehicles. They also create a safe and passable surface for pedestrians to walk in locations where alley entrances interrupt the natural flow of the sidewalk. Alley aprons with holes, cracks, missing sections or uneven pavement are hazardous for pedestrians and vehicles. They will be replaced with new concrete alley aprons. Each alley apron costs an average of $10,000 to replace.
Estimated Cost: $150,000
Urgent Sidewalk Repairs in Residential and Green Space Areas
Sidewalks in poor condition are dangerous and hazardous for pedestrians and those using wheelchairs, strollers, canes and walkers. This proposal will improve sidewalk conditions in residential areas. It will also improve accessibility to a new community garden and beautify the surroundings. CDOT will only repair sections of sidewalk that are deteriorated. Each block costs an average of $75,000 or less to repair, depending on condition.
Estimated Cost: $240,000
Residential and School Zone Speed Hump Installation
Speed humps create a safer environment by helping slow traffic on streets that students and families cross frequently. When a car hits a pedestrian at a high rate of speed, the collision is more likely to result in a pedestrian fatality. Speed humps slow vehicles and give drivers increased response time and distance for stopping. This makes streets safer for pedestrians. Installation of speed humps costs $3,700 per block.
Estimated Cost: $66,600
Improvement of Community Spaces
Residents of the 22nd Ward have made clear that safe space for community building and recreation is a high priority. Here is a plan to improve and develop a community spaces across the ward:
Estimated Cost: $157,150
From Boundaries to Bridges: Illuminating 22 Ward Viaducts
This lighting improvement will showcase the upcoming mural at the Central Park viaduct scheduled to be installed this summer and bring light to other high traffic viaducts where pedestrian safety is a concern. Viaduct lighting upgrades consist of removing old fixtures and installing new energy efficient, white light fixtures. New electrical infrastructure will be installed as needed. The average cost is $1,500 per fixture.
Estimated Cost: $30,000