The 2021 construction season gets underway in March with a major improvement project along Oak Park Avenue, the latest in a serious of much-needed upgrades to main thoroughfares in the community.
The Village received federal funding to resurface the vital north/south roadway from North Avenue to Roosevelt Road. The last time the roadway was resurfaced was in 2004/2005.
The project also includes replacing and rehabilitating underground water and sewer mains, some of which are more than 100 years old.
The water and sewer infrastructure work is expected to begin in March, with street resurfacing scheduled to start in June. All work is expected to wrap up in November.
The project also includes pedestrian ramp improvements to meet federal ADA standards and the installation of protected pedestrian crossings and beacons at select locations for added safety.
No work is scheduled between Pleasant and Ontario streets this year, giving businesses in the Hemingway District a break following the major disruption caused by last year’s Lake Street project.
Residents are encouraged to visit the project’s dedicated website at www.OPAveAnew.com for construction details and schedules. The website also offers an option to sign up for email updates.
Miscellaneous construction updates…While the Oak Park Avenue improvement project will attract much attention this construction season, a number of other smaller projects will take place throughout the Village. Visit www.oak-park.us/construction for regular updates about various construction projects around Oak Park. The website also includes an interactive map of all construction projects planned for 2021. For more detailed information about specific projects, call 708.358.5700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.