CHICAGO (CBS) — An enormous hazard has developed alongside the lakefront that runners and bicyclists may not see coming.
Chunks of concrete are torn out of the favored Lakefront Path, leaving metallic rebar uncovered. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov pushed for solutions Wednesday about who is meant to be repairing it.
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After hours of calls and emails to varied metropolis departments, Kozlov did verify the world the place the harm was discovered – the Lakefront Ledge south of North Avenue Seashore on the Close to North Facet – is the accountability of the Chicago Park District.
Final summer time, the world was fenced off to foot and bike visitors for security causes. It’s not anymore, however many who have been out on it Wednesday agreed that enormous sections of the ledge are virtually treacherous.
And with this being spring, droves of individuals might quickly be hitting the lakefront – and so they might additionally find yourself hitting the pavement, actually.
“I positively wouldn’t need to deliver my youngster down right here, as a result of I might solely think about him tripping and falling,” stated Brittany Yeldell.
Yeldell is a first-time customer to the lakefront and to Chicago. The chunks of concrete and holes – some right down to the metallic rebar – concern her.
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It additionally issues some locals.
“Both block it off or at the least – I do know it’s going to price cash, however on the finish of the day, it must be achieved,” a person stated. “It’s turning into a little bit of a hazard.”
The stretch of ledge between Chicago and North avenues is especially overwhelmed up. Excessive lake ranges over the previous couple of years have definitely pummeled the lakefront, making issues even worse.
However as soon as the climate warms up, it’s going to take a fair larger beating – with all of the foot visitors, and bike visitors too.
“When it will get scorching exterior, it’s going to be lots of people out right here, and this isn’t secure for lots of people at one time frame,” Yeldell stated.
Chicago Park District Communications Director Michele Lemons stated winter situations additionally make the Lakefront Ledge, and any space alongside the lake, worse. As to when it’s going to get mounted, Lemons stated Park District staff are on the point of get out, assess the harm, and decide what must be achieved – which implies because it stands now, there isn’t any timetable for repairs.
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Thursday morning, Chicago Park District crews arrange barricades on the broken path to warn walkers, runners, and cyclists of the potential hazards on the trail.