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Construction to close sections of Ridgeland Avenue

April 7, 2015 – Motorists who frequently use Ridgeland Avenue between Division Street and South Boulevard may want to start thinking about a new route for much of the spring and summer - and maybe even into fall.

Village contractors will begin a major sewer project next week that will be followed by crews installing a new street surface.

The first phase of the Village sewer project will start with spot repairs between South Boulevard and Erie Street that will require closing Ridgeland from Lake Street to Chicago Avenue for about three weeks.

Sewer work will shift north in June to between Chicago Avenue and Division Street where much of the sewer system dates to the 1890s. Construction will require closing this section of Ridgeland Avenue through at least August.

Ridgeland Avenue traffic will be diverted west to Oak Park Avenue and around the construction zones during the street closures.

Village engineers are working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to coordinate the local sewer project with the state street paving schedule. The goal is to have construction crews working on the repaving project complete the related concrete work such curbs and crossings while the sewer work is underway.

This approach, officials say, should make the paving process move quickly once the sewer work has been completed.

Ridgeland will be open to traffic during the repaving project, but frequent delays and temporary lane closures are likely as crews grind off the old pavement before installing new asphalt.

Parkway repairs and new street markings should wrap up the sewer and paving projects sometime in the fall, barring any significant weather delays.

The repaving project is the continuation of the work that began last season at I-290 and made it as far north as South Boulevard before the winter.

Signs alerting motorists to the upcoming Ridgeland closures are in place and residents most affected by the work have been contacted by letter with details on parking and other temporary inconveniences the construction may cause.

For more information on capital improvements planned for the 2015 construction season email or visit where a map of all projects is posted.