By Charlie De Mar

(CBS) – A Portage Park street in need of repair is getting a long overdue resurfacing, but it comes just months after expensive speed bumps were installed.

Now, taxpayers are on the hook for replacing the torn-up speed bumps once the new surface is completed. Some residents wonder why the speed bumps didn’t come after the road was redone.

CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports.

The speed bumps added to the 3400 block of West Berenice in May were meant to slow speeding cars and make the neighborhood a little safer. They cost $6,000, according to 38th Ward Ald. Nicholas Sposato.

On Thursday, just months later, those pricey bumps, work crews began tearing up the street for a resurfacing.

“That’s wasted money,” resident Jeff Hellyer says.

“It’s a waste of 6,000 originally, and apparently another 6,000 is going to have to be spent to replace them.”

Sposato says he requested both the street to get resurfaced and the new speed bumps. But the order in which they arrived wasn’t quite right.

The alderman says streets with speed bumps do on occasion get resurfaced, but typically it happens years after they are first installed. In this case, there was simply a breakdown in the line of communication, he says.


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