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Portion of Chicago's shoreline to be rebuilt, improved

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Sen. Dick Durbin Sen. Dick Durbin
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A new section of Chicago's lakefront is getting a makeover.

Construction will soon begin to rebuild the shoreline between Montrose Avenue and Irving Park Road.

Land and flood protections have become eroded due to incoming waves repeatedly beating the shoreline.

In addition to storm protection, the spot will also receive new recreation areas, which includes gravel paths for running and walking, and a fishing pier.

"Each generation has to do its part to contribute to those assets given to us by previous generations, and certainly what we're looking at here at this park, for example, and all of the people that use it, are counting on us in each generation to do a better job to make things stronger for generations to come," said Sen. Dick Durbin.

A ten-mile restoration project began in 2000, and it was divided into 23 sections. Nineteen of them are now complete, or still in the works.

The project's total cost is said to be $500-million. It's being paid with federal and local money.

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