Durbin, Kirk concerned over lakefront safety

February 6, 2011 8:57:06 PM PST
U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are urging federal officials to look into ways to protect the Lake Michigan shoreline.

With the images of cars stranded on Lake Shore Drive fresh on their minds, the senators are expressing their concerns.

They say waves could have a serious impact at several weak spots along the lakefront, including at Oak Street and Fullerton.

"Lake Michigan is lower than it's been in over 20 years, so the waves that we saw during the course of that blizzard could have been much worse and more damaging and could have encroached on Lake Shore Drive," Durbin said.

"In a time of government austerity, we need to go back to basics, but I think one of the basics is keeping this federal highway next to a federal waterway open and make sure that it is running during all times of inclement weather," Kirk said.

Both senators emphasized that they felt the city handled the blizzard very well overall.