Milwaukee-Wood-Wolcott intersection in Wicker Park: Work begins…not really, not yet... but soon?


With turns, thru traffic, pedestrians and cyclists Wolcott/Wood traffic can be confusing

The long discussed and highly anticipated Milwaukee-Wood-Wolcott intersection reconstruction in Wicker Park was to have begun on Monday, Sept. 23., but it hasn't.

What is the hang up and when will it begin?  No one seems to know. "I have received no call back from City Lights, LTD.," explained Rodolfo DeJesus from 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno's office.


North/south traffic on Milwaukee does not simplify the intersection

The last DeJesus was told was that it would have started on the 23rd and take three to four weeks. The fact that workers were on the site in the previous week to put construction markings down had everyone believing that there was going to be action after several years of meetings and discussions that included Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), aldermen, SSA #33 and community members.

Yet here it is again, a false start with no communications.

What is being done about Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance? That is unclear. How will traffic be impacted once construction is underway? City Lights indicated that that will not be determined until they are on the job, said DeJesus. 

What about cost? Basic funding appears to be covered. SSA #33 had budgeted $75,000, a few years ago, for the design phase of the project. In fact it cost them $27,000, according to the SSA's Program Manager, Jessica Wobbekind. "When completed, we may cover the cost of landscaping and possibly even a permanent piece of art. We don't have firm plans now." 

In the meantime, chaos continues to reign on the streets and sidewalks at Milwaukee, Wood and Wolcott. 

Be careful out there!.



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