PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IN THE 35TH WARD:
Every year Alderman Ramirez-Rosa and his staff work alongside residents to collect and evaluate ideas for our democratic Participatory Budgeting (PB) process. PB empowers residents to vote on how Alderman Ramirez-Rosa allocates over $1 million in public infrastructure improvements throughout our 35th Ward. This year, residents will choose how they would like to allocate approximately over $1 million in public funding by selecting three out of five categories developed by our PB Committee.
Categories include projects across all neighborhoods in the 35th Ward – Hermosa, Logan Square, Avondale, and Irving Park.
You will be asked to vote on how to allocate $1 million of the 2024 35th Ward aldermanic menu budget. There are five (5) ballot items. You must pick only 3 out of 5 to vote. Ballots marked with more than 3 votes are invalid and will be voided. All 35th Ward residents, age 14 and over are eligible to vote. The top three categories will receive the majority of funding.
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What public infrastructure projects should the 35th Ward prioritize in 2024? Please select only three categories!
Alley Resurfacing ( 3-8 alleys)
$40k / asphalt alley resurfacing - $250k / concrete alley
The exact resurfacing cost depends on the alley’s existing damage and length. The City of Chicago determines if an alley should be resurfaced with asphalt or concrete. This category includes projects across the Ward.
Sidewalk Repair (3 - 7 residential blocks)
$100k /one side of a residential block with significant damage - $50k/one side of a residential block with
Sidewalks help to increase walkability and pedestrian safety. One residential block of sidewalk repairs on one side of the street costs approximately $100,000, depending on existing damage and length. This category includes projects across the Ward.
Street Resurfacing promotes vehicular safety. Asphalt resurfacing for one residential street costs approximately $55,000, depending on the length of the block. This category includes projects across the Ward.
Bike Lane Infrastructure
Bike lanes help to protect bikers and motorists. Marked shared lanes cost about $40,000 per half-mile (per side) and buffered bike lanes cost $60,000 per half-mile (per side). Bike lanes are implemented in partnership with the Complete Streets team of the Chicago Department of Transportation. This category includes eligible main streets in the 35th Ward.
This category includes pedestrian refuge islands on eligible main streets and residential street lighting projects to improve visibility and roundabouts, bump outs, and traffic circles on side streets for pedestrian safety. Pedestrian refuge islands cost roughly $75,000 each. Lighting projects cost about $165,000 per block, bump outs cost $50,000 per corner, and roundabouts cost $20,000 per block.
*Please note that costs on this page are estimates, and are subject to CDOT survey for exact costs.
All Day Voting
Vote in-person and online from November 17, 2023, to December 21, 2023. To vote online, click on the link below. Please read below for more information on this year's Participatory Budgeting Process and background on the projects for this year's ballot. To vote in person, please visit the 35th Ward Office, 2934 N. Milwaukee, Unit C, 9am - 5pm (Monday through Friday).