Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tribune: Chicago ratchets up resurfacing work

If you have potholes on your streets, there's work the city needs to do:
Road resurfacing this year along Chicago's busiest streets will jump by more than one-third beyond the city's previous plans, to 85 miles total, in response to the rash of potholes forming faster than patching crews can repair them, officials will announce Thursday.

The Chicago Department of Transportation's response to the punishing winter is part of its yearlong plan to resurface 333 miles of city streets and alleys, which city officials estimate will cost $184 million to $240 million.

The total repaving package for the year marks a 15 percent increase over the 290 miles resurfaced last year, according to CDOT. Some 269 miles were resurfaced in 2012, the agency said.

The work, set to begin in spring and wrap up by late November, will be divided among CDOT, the city Department of Water Management, private contractors and utility companies, officials said.

The city has received about triple the number of pothole complaints— more than 47,000 since December — compared with the past two winters. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced five strategies over the past two months to fill the potholes until more permanent repairs can be made.

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