June 8, 2023

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Business owners, residents worry over falling rusty light poles


CHICAGO (CBS) — We have uncovered of two extra light poles that have toppled above in a windy 48 hrs throughout the metropolis.

Bringing the grand total to at minimum five and bringing taxpayers to their wits’ stop.

CBS2’s Tim McNicholas claimed from Sheffield and Armitage with what took place.

“This was on the ground.”

Amy Helgren claims she considered she’d read a car accident Thursday afternoon. She stepped outdoors and observed this outside the house her kid’s apparel keep on this occupied section of Armitage.

“We just appeared at every other like, thank goodness that it fell that way, and no person was on the sidewalk strolling, could have been a ton worse,” Helgren explained.  

Just a several blocks absent at Armitage and Halsted, a pole crashed down onto a vehicle early yesterday morning. And we’ve found out at least 3 other fallen poles in Chicago since Wednesday.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

“It never would have occurred to me, going for walks down the avenue, that I would have to fear about a mild pole falling on a individual.”  

A neighboring business enterprise owner claims he is apprehensive about the use and tear on this pole just toes absent. And he is not the only a single with his eye on poles that haven’t fallen still.

Cicero Chimbanda is a jogger who’s involved about these rusty poles among the 100 and 300 blocks of South Lake Shore Generate.

“You do not wanna have nearly anything, specially with the wind. It truly is a windy metropolis so you wanna make absolutely sure points are safe and sound,” he said.

And he’s not the only a single whose found.

The city’s own data from an audit accomplished a number of several years back exhibits fears about at minimum eight mild poles on the 300 block of South Lake Shore — however there are even now rusty poles in the spot.

We known as the office of Alderman Brendan Reilly and an help instructed us they asked the Section of Transportation again in February to examine and swap rusty poles throughout the ward.

They’re nonetheless ready on an update.

“I search at this and I say, that is just a matter of time,” Chimbanda said.  

Back again on Armitage, company homeowners would like the metropolis to examine on these light poles much too.

We’ve reached out to the Section of Transportation Friday to check with about the fallen pole and the types on Lake Shore Push — but we haven’t heard back. 


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