CDOT and Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.
Announce Streetscape Modernization for Damen Avenue Corridor from Van Buren to Monroe $3.2 Million Streetscape 
 Project Will Improve Pedestrian Safety and Community Identity Along the Busy Stretch that Connects Malcolm X College and the United Center Chicago 
Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld was joined today by Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th Ward) in launching a streetscape project that will improve safety and boost community vitality along a three-block stretch of Damen Avenue from Van Buren Street to Monroe Street near Malcolm X College and the United Center. The project includes the installation of brightly colored community identifiers created by a Chicago artist that will enliven the corridor and create a distinct identity.

"CDOT is pleased to launch this streetscape project that demonstrates Mayor Emanuel's commitment to building stronger, safer and more vibrant communities as we see here on the near West Side and all across the City of Chicago," CDOT Commissioner Scheinfeld said. "This streetscape project is also a great example of how CDOT is working to construct streets that are safer for all users through Vision Zero Chicago."

"I would like to thank Mayor Emanuel and CDOT for taking on this project that will help improve pedestrian safety for this neighborhood that so many people pass through every day," Alderman Burnett, Jr. said. "The beautiful art work that we are installing as part of the project will help enliven the community and create a unique identity that highlights the rebirth and vitality that we are seeing throughout the 27th Ward."

"We are thrilled that this project is moving forward," said Malcolm X College Interim President David Sanders. "The thoughtful design of the streetscape along Damen Avenue will create a welcoming gateway to our modern campus."

The project includes the installation of a number of brightly colored, wing-shaped community identifiers affixed to street poles dubbed "West Side Victory and Opportunity." They were designed by the Chicago artist Justus Roe III.

Project Highlights
 New sidewalks and pavers
 New Bump outs and Pedestrian Refuge Islands
 New ADA ramps and crosswalks
 New street and pedestrian lighting with energy efficient, LED "white" light
 Shared Bike Lane
 Benches, bike racks, and trash cans
 Community identifiers The streetscape project team will work closely with the

United Center, Malcolm X College and the community to minimize traffic impacts during construction and avoid work during periods when heavy traffic is expected, such as sporting events and concerts. Throughout construction, Damen Avenue will remain open to motorists and pedestrians and access will be maintained to businesses and residences. Parking will not be allowed in the area of active construction and there will be periodic parking restrictions on some side streets.