Southwest Side mom prevails in fight over lead paint on viaduct

Read the full story in the Chicago Sun-Times.

A Southwest Side mom is declaring victory after spending three years warning about peeling lead paint at viaduct passageways where children walk on their way to and from school.

Alejandra Frausto’s campaign was featured in a Sun-Times story in June. Her persistence finally paid off as the railroad that owns the viaduct — with passageways from 63rd to 67th streets along Central Park Avenue — recently agreed to clean up the areas where thousands of paint chips litter the ground.

Work has already begun. Viaduct owner CSX Transportation “developed a plan to stabilize the paint” and “begin sealing” it, the company said in a statement.

Frausto said she was told by CSX that it will remediate two areas before winter and the remainder of the viaduct cleanup will be complete by next summer.

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