CHICAGO – Construction crews were removing century-old railroad tracks from the middle of Kingsbury Street today, a key element of a $4.3 million streetscape improvement of the former industrial roadway on the Near North Side from North Avenue to Scott Street and Scott from Kingsbury to Halsted Street.
The Kingsbury streetscape project is part of “Building a New Chicago”, a comprehensive $7.3 billion infrastructure renewal program put forward by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“As we build a new Chicago, we must invest in these critical infrastructure upgrades in order to strengthen our neighborhoods and improve access to the business and shopping corridors in our communities,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is leading the Kingsbury streetscape improvements, which are being constructed by Capitol Cement Company of Chicago.
The single-track rail line was first installed in the street in 1872 when the neighborhood was heavily industrial. Over the decades, the land uses changed in the area from industrial to retail, commercial and residential, and the tracks became obsolete.
The project is funded entirely through the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program), will employ more than 25 construction workers, and include the following elements:
The construction is expected to be completed by August, with landscaping complete by October.
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