Every year, City of Chicago Wards receive approximately $1.3 million in discretionary infrastructure funding from the Dept. of Transportation, known as the “menu money” program.
This year’s menu money authorizations for the 40th Ward are a combination of projects already requested by previous Ald. Patrick O’Connor and requests from the current Ward office based on CDOT’s list of most-damaged streets. Our office also took advantage of opportunities to share repaving or other costs with neighboring Wards and with City departments where possible, and allocated a small amount of menu money to fulfill several years of backlogged tree planting requests in the Ward.
Some “carryover” projects from this year’s requests, marked with an asterisk, are partially or fully scheduled for 2020, usually due to the close of asphalt season or other seasonal issues such as the tree planting cycle.
Our office authorized the following projects in 2019:
Alley Reconstruction – Green Alley