July 12, 2011

Illinois Supreme Court ruling renews hope for Riverside Drive Promenade

Published July 12, 2011
A court ruling Monday may free up funding for the Riverside Drive Promenade project. (Hitchcock Design Group)
By Ted Schnell • BocaJump
The first thing you might notice while walking along the old Riverside Drive parking deck that juts out over the eastern shore of the Fox River in downtown Elgin is the element of decay.

Weeds have grown upward from cracks in the pavement. A concrete barrier bars vehicles from most of the deck’s former southbound lane, because the deck’s underpinnings have weakened with time and may not support a vehicle’s weight.