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Tweets Shut Down Illegal Construction in Chicago

The power of social media turns off electrical contractor

August 24, 2016

Electrical contractor Archon Construction, working for SBC Communications, was shut down Tuesday while working on Dearborn Street in Chicago's Loop after Twitter users reported the contractor was blocking the bike lane on the street illegally.

Using the #bikeCHI hashtag, cyclists posted their complaint that the contractor had closed the two-way protected bike lane and crosswalk, leaving no way to get around the work site.

Chicago Department of Transportation learned of the tweets and immediately sent an inspector to the site. According to CDOT spokesman Mike Claffey, an electrical contractor had obtained a permit but “did not state that they would be working in the bike lane or blocking the bike lane.” The inspector shut down the work immediately, by 1:30 p.m., and ordered the crew to clear all equipment.

Archon Construction will be allowed to resume work upon submitting a traffic maintenance plan.

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