July 6, 2022

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It Must Be Business

Business owners, residents worry over falling rusty light poles

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CHICAGO (CBS) — We have discovered of two additional light-weight poles that have toppled over in a windy 48 hours across the city.

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

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

“This was on the floor.”

Amy Helgren states she imagined she’d read a auto accident Thursday afternoon. She stepped outside the house and saw this exterior her children’s outfits store on this chaotic portion of Armitage.

“We just looked at each individual other like, thank goodness that it fell that way, and nobody was on the sidewalk strolling, could have been a whole lot even worse,” Helgren stated.  

Just a few blocks away at Armitage and Halsted, a pole crashed down on to a motor vehicle early yesterday morning. And we have uncovered at least 3 other fallen poles in Chicago since Wednesday.

Thankfully, no a person was hurt.

“It in no way would have transpired to me, going for walks down the road, that I would have to fear about a light pole slipping on a particular person.”  

A neighboring organization proprietor claims he is apprehensive about the wear and tear on this pole just ft absent. And he is not the only a person with his eye on poles that have not fallen nevertheless.

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

“You you should not wanna have just about anything, especially with the wind. It really is a windy metropolis so you wanna make positive factors are risk-free,” he claimed.

And he is not the only one whose recognized.

The city’s individual data from an audit performed a couple several years ago shows issues about at the very least eight light-weight poles on the 300 block of South Lake Shore — however there are however rusty poles in the location.

We termed the office environment of Alderman Brendan Reilly and an help explained to us they requested the Department of Transportation again in February to inspect and swap rusty poles across the ward.

They are still waiting on an update.

“I appear at this and I say, that’s just a make any difference of time,” Chimbanda explained.  

Again on Armitage, business house owners would like the metropolis to verify on these gentle poles also.

We’ve attained out to the Office of Transportation Friday to question about the fallen pole and the ones on Lake Shore Generate — but we haven’t listened to again. 

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