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Emanuel: 100 Miles Of City Streets To Be Resurfaced

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says thanks to the mild weather, the City of Chicago is already starting to resurface more city streets than before.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Mayor Emanuel says this year, the City of Chicago will resurface 100 miles of its streets – just under twice as much as last year – and he says about 115 workers will be employed because of that.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

Resurfacing is underway in several city neighborhoods.

In the Lincoln Park neighborhood, where parking hard to find at any time of day, several streets have been closed to parking due to resurfacing projects. Among them are the 2700 blocks of North Hampden Court and North Pine Grove Avenue, the 2200 block of North Orchard Street, and the 1000 and 1100 blocks of West Montana Street.

Resurfacing is also in progress in the Englewood neighborhood, on the Near West Side, and in several other city neighborhoods.

The effort is part of the city’s more than $7 billion infrastructure renewal plan, but it is a part of the plan that does not involve the controversial Infrastructure Trust Fund.

“Over the lifetime, in the next decade, of the 4,000 miles of the city of Chicago, we will repave 2,000 of them,” Mayor Emanuel said Thursday. “Half the city roads will get repaved.”

As for the trust fund, the City Council will hold a special meeting next Tuesday to vote on it, presumably after concerns and questions from aldermen have been addressed. A vote on the fund had been planned for the full City Council meeting this past Wednesday, but it ended up being deferred.

The plan would have five major banks lead an effort to invest $1.7 billion in private financing to upgrade city infrastructure.