September 22, 2023

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Business owners, residents worry over falling rusty light poles

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CHICAGO (CBS) — We have realized of two more light-weight poles that have toppled more than in a windy 48 several hours across the city.

Bringing the grand full to at the very least five and bringing taxpayers to their wits’ conclude.

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

“This was on the ground.”

Amy Helgren says she thought she’d read a vehicle incident Thursday afternoon. She stepped outside and saw this exterior her kid’s outfits retailer on this hectic section of Armitage.

“We just appeared at each individual 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 mentioned.  

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

Fortunately, no 1 was hurt.

“It in no way would have transpired to me, going for walks down the avenue, that I would have to fear about a light-weight pole falling on a person.”  

A neighboring small business operator suggests he is concerned about the put on and tear on this pole just ft absent. And he’s not the only one with his eye on poles that haven’t fallen however.

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

“You don’t wanna have anything at all, in particular with the wind. It’s a windy city so you wanna make absolutely sure items are harmless,” he stated.

And he’s not the only just one whose observed.

The city’s very own details from an audit completed a couple many years ago displays worries about at minimum eight light-weight poles on the 300 block of South Lake Shore — however there are continue to rusty poles in the location.

We identified as the office of Alderman Brendan Reilly and an help instructed us they requested the Section of Transportation back in February to inspect and switch rusty poles across the ward.

They’re however ready on an update.

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

Back again on Armitage, enterprise owners would like the town to check out on these light-weight poles as well.

We’ve arrived at out to the Department of Transportation Friday to inquire about the fallen pole and the types on Lake Shore Travel — but we haven’t read again.