December 1, 2022

Paull Ank Ford

Business Think different

Business owners, residents worry over falling rusty light poles

CHICAGO (CBS) — We have figured out of two more gentle poles that have toppled around in a windy 48 hrs across the town.

Bringing the grand full to at least 5 and bringing taxpayers to their wits’ end.

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

“This was on the ground.”

Amy Helgren states she assumed she’d heard a auto accident Thursday afternoon. She stepped exterior and noticed this outdoors her kid’s apparel retailer on this busy section of Armitage.

“We just looked at just about every other like, thank goodness that it fell that way, and nobody was on the sidewalk going for walks, could have been a great deal worse,” Helgren stated.  

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

Fortunately, no just one was damage.

“It never ever would have occurred to me, strolling down the avenue, that I would have to stress about a gentle pole slipping on a human being.”  

A neighboring business enterprise owner says he’s worried about the put on and tear on this pole just ft absent. And he’s not the only a person with his eye on poles that have not fallen but.

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

“You will not wanna have everything, specifically with the wind. It truly is a windy city so you wanna make absolutely sure issues are secure,” he claimed.

And he is not the only a single whose recognized.

The city’s have information from an audit performed a few several years in the past demonstrates worries about at least 8 light poles on the 300 block of South Lake Shore — yet there are continue to rusty poles in the region.

We termed the office environment of Alderman Brendan Reilly and an assist advised us they asked the Section of Transportation back in February to examine and substitute rusty poles throughout the ward.

They are nevertheless ready on an update.

“I appear at this and I say, which is just a issue of time,” Chimbanda reported.  

Back again on Armitage, small business proprietors would like the metropolis to look at on these mild poles way too.

We have attained out to the Division of Transportation Friday to talk to about the fallen pole and the ones on Lake Shore Generate — but we haven’t read back again.