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Starting April 2 for twelve weeks, the City of Evanston and the Illinois Department of Transportation will be contracting out a streetscape project on Chicago Avenue from South Boulevard to Main Street. The streetscape improvements include: roadway curbing, concrete planters, installation of tree and perennial plantings, irrigation system and installation of pedestrian signal heads at Chicago/Kedzie intersection.

The streetscape improvements will improve aesthetics on Chicago Avenue; pedestrian safety will be increased due to the curb extensions and cross walks; and the roadwork is a part of the city’s continuing program to enhance the road system throughout the community. The project is federal and city-funded and there will be no direct charge to the property owners on this project.

Construction will begin the week of April 2 with the project expected to be substantially completed by June 15, 2012. During construction, one-way traffic in each direction will be maintained on Chicago Avenue during the entire project. The actual date when construction is planned will be noted on the temporary NO PARKING signs posted 48 hours prior to the start of the work. The construction activities will create some inconveniences for the abutting residents and businesses, but workers will attempt to minimize these issues.

The street sweeping and/or neighborhood parking restrictions will be waived for a one block radius around the construction zone. Allowances have been made to maintain pedestrian access to businesses and the train station for the entire duration of construction.

The contractor for this streetscape project is Lorusso Cement Contractor, Inc. located at 1090 Carolina Drive, West Chicago, Illinois. The project is under the supervision of the City of Evanston’s Engineering Division. The Resident Engineer in the field will be Jon Nero, who will be directly responsible for all aspects of the construction. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Resident Engineer at 3-1-1. Questions about the streetscape projects in general should be directed to Sat Nagar, P.E., Senior Engineer by calling 3-1-1.