Oak Park Avenue upgrades continue…Construction crews are making progress on a major improvement project along Oak Park Avenue. In addition to resurfacing the vital north/south roadway from North Avenue to Roosevelt Road, the project includes replacing and rehabilitating several blocks of underground water and sewer mains, some of which are more than 100 years old. The water and sewer infrastructure work is on target to be completed in June, with street resurfacing scheduled to start in June. All work is expected to wrap up by November. All businesses in the Southtown Business District within the construction zone are open and nearby parking for carry out orders is in place. 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 construction updates via email.
State projects…Two major projects are planned on state roads that border Oak Park. The Illinois Department of Transportation will resurface North Avenue from Harlem Avenue to Cicero Avenue and replace corner sidewalk ramps on Harlem Avenue from Roosevelt Road to North Avenue to make them ADA compliant. The North Avenue project is set to start in May and continue well into September. On-street parking on North Avenue will be impacted at various locations and at various times during the construction. As for the Harlem Avenue project, work on the Oak Park side is projected to last until early July before shifting to the west side of the street. IDOT expects to maintain pedestrian access along Harlem.
Capital improvement updates…Visit www.oak-park.us/construction for regular updates about 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.