I am pleased to announce the start of the second phase of the Lawrence Avenue streetscape project extending from Western Avenue to the Chicago River. The funding for the project has been secured and design will start in early fall 2018 with an anticipated construction start date in 2020. The second section of the Lawrence Avenue streetscape project will build upon the success of the first section completed from Western Avenue to Clark Street.
The Chicago Department of Transportation has supplied the below proposed streetscape images to illustrate the coming improvements along Lawrence Avenue. When designing new projects, CDOT uses a Complete Streets approach that prioritizes safety and accessibility for all users of the right of way. In light of this, the proposed improvements for the second phase of the Lawrence Avenue streetscape include wider sidewalks on both sides of the street; new curbs and gutters; ADA ramps; bump outs; crosswalks; bike lanes; full wide asphalt street resurfacing with bus pads; new street and pedestrian lighting with energy efficient, LED light; parkway paver treatment; site furnishings including benches, bike racks and waste containers; tree planting and community identifiers. This project will functionally improve Lawrence Avenue as new technology will be incorporated to better manage storm water, and at the same time make Lawrence Avenue more pedestrian and bike friendly. This, in turn, will hopefully attract new retailers, restaurants and other businesses to Lawrence Avenue.
Since the start of the Lawrence Avenue project in 2013, I have been eager to see the same improvements and economic expansion for Lawrence Avenue west of Western Avenue that the eastern portion has seen. Along with Alderman Pawar’s support, I have pushed for the approval and start of this phase of the project to resume the improvements already made along Lawrence Avenue from Clark Street to Western Avenue in the first phase of the project in the 47th Ward. The second phase of the Lawrence Streetscape project will be funded by the Western Avenue South TIF. I am excited for the start of the project so we can continue to expand the profitability of Lincoln Square.