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Countdown Signal At Montrose And Lincoln Among 47th Ward Menu Winners

By Patty Wetli | August 29, 2016 9:40am
 The 47th Ward announced the projects that will be financed with $1.3 million in
The 47th Ward announced the projects that will be financed with $1.3 million in "menu" money.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Pedestrians will have an easier time making the border crossing from Lincoln Square to North Center — and vice versa — courtesy of a countdown signal set to be installed at the intersection of Montrose and Lincoln avenues.

The signal is among the projects selected to receive funding via the 47th Ward's participatory budgeting process. Each ward receives $1.32 million annually in "aldermanic menu money" to spend on infrastructure improvements and maintenance.

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) announced the chosen projects in his weekly newsletter, with alley repairs making up the bulk of the winners.

Along with the signal at Montrose and Lincoln, the intersection at Montrose and Wolcott will also receive a pedestrian countdown.

Work on all projects will be completed by early 2017, according to the alderman.

The ward's participatory process begins each fall with block audits. Residents then vote on a list of potential projects. Vote totals are factored in with data from city departments and 47th Ward staff field surveys in determining menu allocations.

A million bucks sounds like a lot of cash, but it doesn't go far. Repairs add up quickly: $14,000 for a countdown signal; $31,500 for alley resurfacing; and $80,000 for a single block of curb and gutter replacement.

Click here for the complete list of funded 47th Ward menu projects.

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