CHICAGO (CBS) — The city of Chicago announced Sunday afternoon plans to convert an old railroad line into a four mile multi-purpose path from 16th to 31st streets in Little Village and Pilsen.
The proposed Paseo path will be built at grade along a mostly unused BNSF rail line and will have three main sections: on Sangamon Street between 16th and 21st Streets; Cermak Road and Blue Island, between Sangamon and Rockwell; and 26th Street between Rockwell and on off-street location at 32nd and Central Park.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: Full List Of Mass Vaccination Sites With More To Open Thursday; 2,104 New Coronavirus Cases, 44 More Deaths
The sections will be built in phases with the BNSF starting clean-up on the Sangamon section in May. That section is expected to be open for public use later in the summer. Work on the other sections could begin in the fall.READ MORE: Lightfoot, CPD Announce Changes To Search Warrant Policies; Police To Begin Tracking Wrong Raids Resulting From Faulty Information
“Paseo is a community vision years in the making that is finally being realized. This is a strategic opportunity to adapt outmoded infrastructure into an important amenity that will enhance the quality of life for residents,” said Mayor Emanuel. “It will move forward as a vibrant reflection of the unique cultural assets that characterize Pilsen and Little Village.”MORE NEWS: Family Praying For Recovery Of 11-Year-Old Ny-Andra Dyer, Shot In The Face At West Pullman Gas Station; 'I Just Need A Miracle'
The city says funding will include local and federal sources, pending final designs.