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: Police Shoot, Kill Man They Say Was Wielding Knife In Englewood
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: 4 People Rushed To Hospital After Crash At Lincoln And McCormick
“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: Fields Takes Over For Injured Dalton, Bears Beat Bengals In Home Opener
The city says funding will include local and federal sources, pending final designs.