CDOT, 40th Ward Alderman Vasquez Break Ground on Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Project
City of Chicago / December 10, 2022
CHICAGO – Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gia Biagi today joined 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce to break ground on the Lawrence Avenue streetscape project, which extends from Western Avenue to the Chicago River. The project features a variety of infrastructure upgrades that will improve safety for all road users and create a more walkable, inviting street that supports economic development. Improvements will include widened sidewalks, new ADA ramps and crosswalks, bump-outs to shortened pedestrian crossing distances, a new contraflow bike lane, and new plaza space.
“This project will create a safer space for people walking and biking and more inviting for the small businesses that are essential to Lawrence Avenue. CDOT worked closely with the 40th Ward and community stakeholders throughout this project, and we look forward to seeing it come to life,” said CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi. “With support from Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago Works plan, CDOT has been able to implement projects like this throughout every corner of our city.”
The streetscape project will improve safety for people walking and biking along the corridor by adding bump-outs to shorten crossing distances and calm vehicle speeds, new ADA ramps and crosswalks, a pedestrian refuge island at Francisco and Lawrence, and a new contraflow bike lane on Francisco that will provide a low-stress connection to the North Shore Channel Trail. Read more HERE