In case anyone didn't notice the Steeles are everywhere, Mom was Commissioner,then interum CC President, she handed down her Commissioner seat to son Robert, while son Brian is working for the city of Chicago department of transportation I agree the South side needs a lot of Road repairs, and I am happy to see US 41 get much needed repairs. This by the way is in Jackson's ward, and I am glad to see something good come of USS South Works site, even if it means being able to get around better initially then maybe development later.
Chicago to rebuild U.S. 41 on SE Side
October 6, 2007
BY GUY TRIDGELL Staff writer
The crooked route of U.S. 41 on the Southeast Side will get straightened starting next week.
The first stage of relocating and improving U.S. 41 between 79th Street and Ewing Avenue is set to begin Monday.
Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Brian Steele said the goal is to eliminate U.S. 41's zigzag pattern on residential streets in favor of a new road.
"It goes on roadways that, in a lot of places, are one lane," Steele said. "It is not designed to handle any large traffic volumes."
The improved U.S. 41 will run on a new road between 79th and 87th streets. South of 87th Street to Ewing Avenue, U.S. 41 will be on a rebuilt Avenue O.
Plans call for building two lanes in each direction along the entire stretch, with landscaped medians and dedicated bicycle lanes.
The project will take until 2011 to complete, costing between $50 million and $60 million, Steele said.
The initial phase involves moving utility lines and grading the site. The impact on traffic will be "next to nothing," Steele said.
The finished U.S. 41 will cross over the old U.S. Steel's South Works plant, preparing the property for redevelopment.
Last year, the city reached a tentative agreement with Lakeside Development LLC to convert the old factory property into a residential and commercial development.