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‘It’s very dangerous’: A lamppost outside where the Chicago White Sox game is rusted and could fall

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CHICAGO (SCS) — Only on 2.

A few days before the home opener at the White Sox stadium – a potential danger. Outside an entrance, there are rusty lampposts where thousands of fans pass.

We are in danger of falling right now. CBS 2’s Steven Graves spoke to an expert. A CBS 2 worker often walks past these poles. He noticed something was wrong and he was right.

And the expert said the city must act now. With a light wind on Monday and a little swaying of the lamppost.

“No, I don’t feel safe.”

Doctor Gongkang Fu walks away from the post, worried.

“It’s moving,” Fu said, adding that he needed to be replaced.

“They have to do it immediately. They have to do it immediately,” Fu said.

Before the longtime engineer and professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology came to that conclusion, CBS 2 had him inspect the pole at 35th just outside the guaranteed rate field.

This is where the White Sox’s home opener next Tuesday will be, where thousands are not expected to drive or walk by. A rusty base with holes he can put his finger through.

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) said it inspected the poles last week. The White Sox said they are working with CDOT to provide security.

“It’s very dangerous from a structural engineering point of view. It could fall at any time,” Fu said.

A rusty base with holes he can put his finger through. Of the more than two dozen streetlights on that block, a city audit found four with significant damage or rust. It was in 2018. It is not known if any have been replaced.

“Yeah, it’s steel. Rusty steel.”

There is Fu steel found not visible from outside the poles. Corrosion, he said, was eating away at the interior. Rust may be due to snow and salt buildup.

“Someone has to inspect it from the inside to see what’s left,” Fu said. “Because they are in the same situation as this one in terms of exposure to snow and salt.”

Which means there is a chance that others will end up like this in the future. For years, CBS 2 investigators have highlighted real dangers falling poles. One with a rusty base ran into a woman’s car late last month.

After CBS 2 reported the wrong pole outside Guaranteed Rate Field to the Chicago Department of Transportation, a spokesperson said it would be replaced by Opening Day.

As for the others, they said a paint job should suffice for now. The city said the pole’s last inspection was last week.

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