Chicago unveils traffic-calming features on redesigned 'Motor Row'

The new Motor Row streetscaping. Photo credit City of Chicago/Mayor's Office/Twitter

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Chicago has formally cut the ribbon on a South Side streetscape that honors the city’s automobile heritage.

Michigan Avenue from Cermack to 24th Place is known as Motor Row because of its history of auto dealers and other facilities. The new enhancements highlighted Wednesday will make things more appealing and safe for pedestrians, officials say.

There are new benches and widened sidewalks, in addition to beautification elements like landscaping.

“Chicago’s streets are much more than the asphalt cars drive on — they are the crosswalks, sidewalks, lighting, and the infrastructure that creates safer, more livable, and more economically vibrant public spaces,” Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi said.

The project also has reduced the number of travel lanes from four to three, which officials say will have a traffic-calming effect that forces drivers to slow down at crosswalks.