CHICAGO (CBS) – One of the busiest roads in Chicago has sparked safety concerns due to a huge hole posing danger for drivers.
You can’t miss the enormous hole in the northbound lanes of Ashland Avenue near the Eisenhower Expressway, which serves Rush University Medical Center and is the main route to the United Center.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisory Remains In Parts Of Illinois And Indiana; Lake Effect Snow Lingers
A viewer reached out to CBS 2 worried someone would get hurt.
One driver passing by said the hole “looks like a rim bender.”
But when Dr. Kim Tee saw students walking to nearby Whitney Young High School, he feared it could be worse.
“What happens if a big vehicle crossing a big hole and causing a punctured tire and with a flying object? It could be a lethal weapon for the school children,” he said.READ MORE: Illinois State Departments, Driver Service Facilities Reopen Monday Weeks After COVID Surge
When CBS 2 checked to see how deep the hole goes, a tree branch would not reach the bottom.
Dr. Tee says an acquaintance called the city three days ago, and he posted an alert on the city’s website, but there was no immediate response.
CBS 2 called the city transportation department Thursday morning, and one hour after our crews arrived on scene, a city work crew showed up and put temporary metal plates over the dangerous hole.
Dr. Tee says he’s happy with the progress. But he says he’s not so happy because the work wasn’t done the right way.
“They should take action within a reasonable time,” he said. “But not three, four, five days for a big, big public concern for this safety issue.”MORE NEWS: Police Issue Multiple Alerts Involving Robberies, Burglaries, Carjackings Across The City
CBS 2 is still waiting for an answer from the city as to why it took so long to fix the hole.