CHICAGO (CBS) – The windy weather on Monday was partly responsible for the fall of a traffic pole just in front of a school in the South Loop.
Closer examination revealed that the base of the post was completely covered with rust.
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City crews were seen working late Monday to replace the broken pole and traffic light outside Daystar Academy on 16th and State Streets.
A man who lives across the street heard of the accident and said he was now worried about other poles in his neighborhood.
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“I think this all points to a big deferred maintenance backlog, and it’s only a matter of time until the next one,” said Kristopher Adler.
Dave Savini and CBS 2 investigators have been digging into this problem for years. As recently as last week, our investigation found that the city had been warned of thousands of corroded light poles, but failed to fix many of them.
A survey commissioned by the Chicago Department of Transportation evaluated every lighting pole in the city.
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Regarding the pole that fell in the South Loop on Monday, we reached out to the city and asked if it and others were included in this light pole investigation. It doesn’t look like they were.