[West Loop Community Organization]
WEST LOOP — The Chicago Department of Transportation will start construction on the first part of the Fulton Market streetscape project this spring, officials confirmed this week.
Construction on the project, which will transform the streetscape along West Fulton Market from North Halsted to North Carpenter streets, will start in spring and is expected to be completed in summer 2018.
The proposed improvements include:
• separate truck parking zones and a wide through lane allowing adequate room for cars to maneuver
• formalized angled and parallel parking areas that serve as loading zones during industrial hours and parking during entertainment hours
• wide sidewalks, shorter pedestrian crossings at intersections and improved lighting
• granite cobbled intersections with granite accents throughout the project area
• minimalist design enhancing the industrial character by maintaining raised sidewalks/dock areas and using grey concrete
• improving accessibility and safety on Fulton Market by using ramps and railing designed to maintain the industrial character
At the end of 2015, CDOT officials presented plans for the streetscape at a final public meeting, said Carla Agostinelli, executive director of the West Loop Community Organization. Since that meeting, CDOT has coordinated with utility companies and reviewing agencies, finalized plans and procured a construction contract.
Neighborhood input was instrumental in developing a design that accommodates all users, Agostinelli said.
Neighbors with questions or concerns can contact the West Loop Community Organization at 312-666-1991.