♦ Illinois Entered Phase 5 Reopening on June 11
♦ Chicago Offers Home-Bound Seniors In-Home Vaccination
♦ City of Chicago FAQs Regarding Its Vaccination Plan
♦ City of Chicago COVID-19 Response, Resources and Updates
♦ State of Illinois COVID-19 Response, Resources and Updates
For more information on the coronavirus, follow the links below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Sheridan Road Resurfacing Project Begins
Resurfacing of Sheridan Road from Bryn Mawr to W. Sheridan to N. Winthrop began on July 6. The announcement from 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman’s office noted that the east and west sides of Sheridan were impacted first with prep work for new parking cut-outs and parkway pads, saw cutting for concrete work, and removal of existing concrete sidewalk, curb and gutters. Next comes pouring concrete for the sidewalk ADA ramps and curb gutters on the west side from Bryn Mawr to Devon (estimated completion date of Wednesday, July 28). Grinding off the existing asphalt on the street tentatively begins on Thursday, July 29. The schedule is subject to change due to weather.
They wrote, “Our office will try to make this process as smooth as possible by giving you updates on upcoming phases of the project, but please note that there may be emergency situations that we cannot predict ahead of time, and your patience is appreciated. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
To sign up for Alderman Osterman’s weekly newsletter and receive updates on the resurfacing project, go to www.48thward.org.
Modernization of Lawrence-Bryn Mawr Stations Continues
On Sunday, May 16, the Lawrence and Berwyn CTA stations closed and temporary stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr opened. Click here to see a news story about the project. Bryn Mawr Avenue will be closed between Broadway and Winthrop this Friday, July 30, 8 p.m. through Monday, August 2, 5 a.m. for viaduct demolition. Sidewalk closures under the CTA tracks will alternate between the north and south sides of the street. The Bryn Mawr station entrance on W. Bryn Mawr will remain accessible at all times. Residents who need to access alleys south of Bryn Mawr will have to go to Catalpa Avenue, and those who live north of Bryn Mawr Avenue will have to go to Hollywood Avenue. Detour signs will be placed throughout the ward mainly on Ridge Avenue, Sheridan Road, and Dusable Lake Shore Drive.
Section of Ardmore Ave. Closed 24/7 for Seven Months
Dates: Monday, May 24 to Friday, December 31, 2021
Location: W. Ardmore Avenue between the CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Avenue (click for interactive project map)
Work Hours: 7am to 7pm, weekdays and Saturdays
Work Activity: Track Structure Demolition & Staging
♦ W. Ardmore Avenue between the CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Avenue will be closed continuously 24/7 to vehicular and bicyclist traffic.
♦ One sidewalk will remain open at all times with flagger assistance when necessary.
♦ The alley west of the CTA tracks will be local traffic only to access parking lots via W. Ardmore Avenue from N. Broadway.
Expect noise during working hours, including general construction noise, noise from crane lifts, embankment demolition, drilled shaft installation, gantry set-up, and other construction activities. You may also hear beeping backup alarms on vehicles and flagging horns.
Chicago Offers Senior Citizens Sewer Charge Exemption
The Senior Citizen Sewer Exemption entitles seniors aged 65 or over, residing in their own residence with separate metered water service or a separate city water assessment for that residential unit, to an exemption from payment of the sewer service charge for their residence. Renewal forms for seniors who qualified for the exemption last year were mailed in January. Click here for a full description of the program, the the criteria to meet and the application form. Forms must be submitted by August 1, 2021.
CDOT, Park District Issue Lakefront Flooding Report
In late January of 2020, assessment teams from Chicago’s Department of Buildings, Office of Emergency Management and Department of Transportation attempted to access and assess approximately 80 buildings to identify those most vulnerable to flooding. The majority of these buildings were private properties located in the 7th, 48th and 49th Wards. The goal was to provide information to enhance the City’s ability to respond effectively to future storms. You can access and download the report here.
At the April 20 Annual Meeting, ASCO’s General Counsel, Michael Kim, discussed a few bills that came up for a vote in the state legislature. Read his discussion of the bills here. These links will take you to the bills on the Illinois General Assembly’s website: HB0058, HB0644, HB0731, and SB0636. HB0058, HB0644 and SB0636 all passed and are awaiting the governor’s signature.