Business owners, residents worry over falling rusty light poles

Edna B. Shearer

CHICAGO (CBS) — We have realized of two extra light poles that have toppled above in a windy 48 hrs across the town.

Bringing the grand whole to at least 5 and bringing taxpayers to their wits’ finish.

CBS2’s Tim McNicholas reported from Sheffield and Armitage with what transpired.

“This was on the floor.”

Amy Helgren suggests she imagined she’d listened to a automobile accident Thursday afternoon. She stepped outside and saw this exterior her kid’s apparel store on this active area of Armitage.

“We just appeared at every other like, thank goodness that it fell that way, and no one was on the sidewalk walking, could have been a large amount worse,” Helgren said.  

Just a couple blocks absent at Armitage and Halsted, a pole crashed down on to a motor vehicle early yesterday early morning. And we have discovered at minimum 3 other fallen poles in Chicago since Wednesday.

Fortunately, no one particular was hurt.

“It in no way would have transpired to me, going for walks down the street, that I would have to fret about a mild pole falling on a man or woman.”  

A neighboring enterprise owner states he’s worried about the have on and tear on this pole just feet away. And he is not the only 1 with his eye on poles that haven’t fallen nevertheless.

Cicero Chimbanda is a jogger who’s anxious about these rusty poles involving the 100 and 300 blocks of South Lake Shore Drive.

“You you should not wanna have something, specially with the wind. It’s a windy town so you wanna make guaranteed points are secure,” he mentioned.

And he is not the only one particular whose observed.

The city’s personal knowledge from an audit finished a several years in the past reveals considerations about at the very least 8 light poles on the 300 block of South Lake Shore — but there are still rusty poles in the region.

We referred to as the business office of Alderman Brendan Reilly and an help advised us they requested the Office of Transportation back again in February to examine and change rusty poles across the ward.

They are however waiting on an update.

“I glance at this and I say, which is just a make any difference of time,” Chimbanda reported.  

Again on Armitage, company owners would like the city to look at on these gentle poles as well.

We have attained out to the Section of Transportation Friday to talk to about the fallen pole and the kinds on Lake Shore Drive — but we haven’t heard back. 

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