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The streetscape improvements to Motor Row on Chicago's Near South Side represent the first of several such projects the city is planning

City Cuts Ribbon on Motor Row Streetscape Project 

City officials cut the ribbon on the recently completed streetscape project along Michigan Avenue between Cermak and 24th Place. The Motor Row streetscape on Chicago’s Near South Side implements a “road diet” that reduces the previous four travel lanes to three, reducing crossing distances for pedestrians.  

Other improvements include widened sidewalks, new crosswalks, new landscaping and LED smart lighting. The enhancements encourage drivers to slow down and make it easier for pedestrians to cross safely, according to the Lightfoot administration. 

“The Motor Row streetscape project not only reflects this neighborhood’s rich history, but it also includes several components that improve traffic safety and create a better environment for people walking,” said Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi.  

She added that similar projects are planned citywide as part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Works capital investment plan. “This is just the start of unprecedented investment in communities all over Chicago,” Biagi said. 

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