ENGLEWOOD — Parts of the Englewood Corridor could soon get long-overdue upgrades, bringing better lighting, clearer crosswalks and landscaping to arterial streets.
The Chicago Department of Transportation is planning overhauls for 63rd Street between Wallace Avenue and Loomis Boulevard, and Halsted Street between 59th and 66th streets. Preliminary plans for the work include roadway geometry and intersection improvements, traffic signal upgrades, a gateway identifier, ADA-compliant ramps, site furniture and renovation of the Englewood Plaza.
The improvements are part of INVEST South/West, a program to bring development to West and South side communities. Officials said improvements along 63rd Street will “provide a safe, walkable and attractive street that will foster community and economic growth.”
City officials met with residents Wednesday to outline their early plans, which have been informed by polls asking neighbors what they envisioned for the area. CDOT leaders said vacant lots, a lack of bike lanes, inconsistent street streets and no high-visual crosswalks were among the most severe infrastructure problems.
Out of 418 trees in the neighborhood, 7 percent will need to be removed.
Several more community meetings will be held over the next few months, with dates to be announced. You can find out out more about the project and submit comments or questions to project manager Camille Applewhite here.
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