Chicago Park District Faced with Costly Lakefront Path Repairs
You thought the concrete and asphalt around your house needed repair.
Your troubles likely pale in comparison to the job facing the Chicago Park District after Friday, Oct. 31’s storm ripped up large sections of the Lakefront Trail on the near north side. Early damage estimates top $200,000.
Winds clocked at 67 mph sent 20-foot waves crashing into Lake Michigan's banks and damaged the concrete and asphalt along the trail from Streeterville to Lincoln Park. Similar, less-significant, damage also was reported along smaller portions of the 18-mile trail.
The Chicago Park District has closed the trail from Fullerton Avenue to Ohio Street as crews work to clear the damaged trail of torn-up asphalt and sand.
“Path clean up should be complete in the next few days and asphalt should be repaired by early next week weather permitting,” the Park District said Monday via its Twitter account.
Path fixes needed for commuters
Michelle Stenzel is a founder of Bike Walk Lincoln Park, a bicycle and pedestrian safety advocacy group in the city’s 43rd Ward. She toured the path over the weekend, and says she has never seen such damage in the 18 years she’s lived in the city.
“The amount of sand on the path and damage is much worse than the remnants of Super Storm Sandy that we saw two years ago,” she says.
The Park District’s week timeline for completing repairs is welcome news to Stenzel and anyone that uses the path to get back and forth to work every day.
“This is not just a recreational trail,” she says. “This is a year-round commuter route for so many people each day. That the Chicago Park District is working so quickly to repair the path shows they understand that.”
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