Milwaukee Avenue Complete Streets Project
Milwaukee Avenue Complete Streets Project Open House, Wednesday July 2, 5 to 8 pm, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
Milwaukee Avenue Complete Streets Project Open House
July 2, from 5 pm to 8 pm ~~ Venue Location: Annex
There will be a public open house meeting on the Milwaukee Avenue Complete Streets Project between Lawrence and Elston. The meeting will be Wednesday, July 2, from 5 pm to 8 pm, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
You do not need to come for the whole meeting; attendees can come at any time to learn about various aspects of the project.
The purpose of the Milwaukee Avenue Complete Streets Project is to improve traffic safety and balance the needs of all street users. CDOT representatives will review comments from the previous public meetings, present benefits and impacts of design alternatives and collect your comments and suggestions.
→ More background information and an overview can be read at this Nadig Newspaper article. A portion of the information follows…
The “Complete Streets Chicago” project would affect Milwaukee from Lawrence on the south to Elston Avenue on the north. Possible design plans for the project include reducing Milwaukee from two to one lane of traffic in each direction with a continuous left-turn lane down the middle of the roadway and implementing wider bike lanes, which may be located along the curb.
Arena said that project would not take a “one size fits all approach” due in large part to the varying width of the roadway and that input gathered at the open house would be taken into consideration during the final design phases of the project. Most of Milwaukee south of the Kennedy Expressway is 46 feet wide, while to the north the width is 78 feet, including a 14-foot-wide painted median.
At the open house, two of three design plans will include lane reductions, while another will maintain all of the existing lanes of traffic. In addition, all of the plans will include crosswalk improvements, such as bump-out extensions that shorten the distance that pedestrians have to walk, and some form of wider bike lanes, either along the curb or to the outside of the parking lane.
Following the meeting, materials presented will be available on CDOT’s website.