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Repair to the streetscape on Orrington Avenue and Church Street adjacent to the Main Library begins this week. To enhance pedestrian mobility and safety there, the work will include replacing the existing pavers with a new concrete sidewalk, installing new roadway curbing and brick paver bands behind the curbing, and upgrading the library ramp area with poetry-inscribed concrete.  

Starting on Church Street, the construction project will move west to Orrington Avenue, then north on Orrington. During construction, traffic will be maintained in the area, but no overnight and weekend parking will be allowed on this block of Church Street (north side) and Orrington Avenue (east side) during construction. Construction zone “No Parking” restrictions will be in effect for the project’s duration – projected to be through the third week of November. Sidewalks on these two blocks will be closed during construction.  

All Library services will continue throughout the project, but patrons and staff will need to be aware of the following changes:  

The front entrance of the Library will be temporarily closed during construction.

The wheelchair accessible entrance on the east (alley) side of the Library will remain open.

Library book drops normally located on Church Street will be temporarily relocated to the east (alley) side of the building.

Parking in the Library underground garage will be available but limited due to storage needs of the construction crews.

Bicycle racks will be available on the east (alley) side and in the underground garage.

The selection of the poetry to be imprinted in the ramp will take place in the spring of 2010 and will be coordinated by the Library and the City’s Public Art Committee. Questions about the poetry project may be directed to Paul Gottschalk at 847-448-8656.  

The project is under the supervision of the City of Evanston’s Division of Transportation. The Resident Engineer in the field will be Dan Manis, who will be directly responsible for all aspects of the construction. For further information, please contact Mr. Gottschalk, 847-448-8656, or Mr. Manis, 847-878-0137.