|Aftermath of latest fire under DuSable LSD at Lawrence|
A reader sent us the following photos and info:
"AGAIN. I walk under Lake Shore Drive every day to get to the park, and once again there was a fire. I sent you photos two months ago, and this morning another fire!!"
If you haven't been paying attention, from reports from readers, this is the fourth fire under the Wilson and Lawrence viaducts in a year and a half. Pictures of three are below
We covered this story extensively after a March 21, 2022 explosion and fire under the Lawrence Viaduct:
We know the cause of the fires. The mix of propane tanks, open drug use, smoking, drinking and fights between homeless camping on public sidewalks has been nothing but bad. But no one is doing anything about it.
This is what residents of the area trying to get to and from the lake have had to deal with (picture from July, courtesy of another reader):
"[The Wilson Avenue Viaduct] structure was found to be safe for pedestrian and overhead traffic on Lake Shore Drive. But please note that the life of this bridge has dramatically been reduce [sic] because of these fires....But if these fires continue the structure will be compromise [sic] and we may need to close it."
|Screenshot of Ald. Cappleman's email with CDOT's assessment|
Why this wasn't a bigger story in the aldermanic campaign is beyond us. But right now we are in complete radio silence from the Clay administration and the City about what they are doing to address this issue.
The use of propane tanks under the viaducts makes using the viaducts extraordinarily dangerous, a literal accident waiting to happen.
This photo shows conditions a few days ago:
|Propane tanks and grill outside Wilson viaduct at DSLSD|