AVONDALE — A stretch of Kedzie Avenue in Avondale is getting concrete-protected bike lanes.
The lanes will be installed between the curb and the parking lane on Kedzie Avenue between Diversey Avenue and Addison Street as part of the city’s Complete Streets initiative, Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa’s 35th Ward office announced in a letter to constituents. Work is slated to begin Thursday.
Crews will start by painting the road, marking the pedestrian walkways, turn lanes and bike lanes, along with installing signs that prohibit parking within 5 feet of Kedzie Avenue driveways, according to Ramirez-Rosa’s office.
Beginning in early December, crews will install concrete curbs between the parking lanes and bike lanes on both sides of Kedzie Avenue. Each phase is expected to take two weeks, weather permitting, according to Ramirez-Rosa’s office.
The city’s Department of Transportation chose Avondale’s Kedzie Avenue for parking-protected bike lanes because it is wide enough to accommodate the cycling infrastructure, Ramirez-Rosa said.
The Avondale project comes as the city works to expand Chicago’s network of protected bike lanes.
All existing protected bike lanes are getting concrete barriers by next year under a Department of Transportation plan announced over the summer. Also under that plan, the city plans to add 10 miles of new protected lanes by the end of this year.
The project has been slow to get off the ground due to construction delays.
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