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 The City of Evanston’s Public Works Department announced today that work on three projects in Evanston is set to begin June 18. The projects include resurfacing of Church St. between Dodge Ave. and Ashland Ave. including the installation of a protected bike path; a streetscape project at Dodge Ave. and Lake St.; and traffic signal improvements on Sheridan Rd.

 

Church St. Road Improvements & Dodge Streetscape Project

Starting the week of June 18, the City of Evanston will be contracting out improvements on Church Street from Dodge Avenue to Ashland Avenue and the Dodge/Lake Intersection Streetscape Project.

The scope of work includes streetscape and street resurfacing work in this section of Church Street. The scope of the streetscape work will include replacing the existing pavers with a new concrete sidewalk with a brick border, installing new roadway curbing as needed, and replacing the existing tree grates and frames. This street resurfacing involves grinding the asphalt; roadway base repair; and the replacement of the asphalt surface from curb to curb and driveway aprons. A protected bike lane will be built on the south curb lane as part of the project, which is the first phase of constructing a protected bicycle path (cycle track) that will run along Church Street from the McCormick Blvd. Bicycle Path connecting to the Lakefront Bicycle Path. Learn more on this and other projects here>>>.

As part of the Dodge/Lake Streetscape project, the some roadway pavement will be removed to create a plaza and a streetscape will be implemented to enhance the aesthetics and improve pedestrian safety. The plaza area will be constructed with porous and regular concrete and a rain garden will be installed as one of the sustainable features of this project.

A new bus shelter is also being installed at the intersection of Dodge Avenue and Lake Street.  The roadwork is part of the City’s continuous program to improve the roadway system throughout the community. This project is funded by the West Evanston TIF funds and there will be no direct charge to the abutting property owners.

Construction will begin the week of June 18 with the project expected to be substantially completed by August 17, 2012.  During construction, one-way traffic in each direction will be maintained on Church Street and Dodge 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 we 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 for the duration of construction.

 

Sheridan Rd. Traffic Signal Project

Starting June 18, the City of Evanston and the Illinois Department of Transportation will be constructing the traffic signal improvement project on Sheridan Road from Chicago Avenue to Central Street. The project involves signal modernization of five signals, a new signal at Northwestern Place, and interconnection of all six traffic signals along Sheridan Road.

The project includes the replacement of outdated controllers and traffic signal equipment, installation of loop detectors and a fiber optic interconnect system, and new pavement markings. Pedestrian countdown signals, accessible pedestrian signals and pedestrian detectors will also be added at the intersections within the project limits to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

The new signals will improve traffic flow, improve pedestrian safety and help to reduce energy consumption by the use of LED signals. The traffic signal modernization is a part of the city’s continuing program to enhance the road system throughout the community. The project will utilize federal, city and Northwestern University funds and there will be no direct charge to the property owners for this project.

Construction will begin the week of June 18 with the project expected to be completed by September 28, 2012. During construction, traffic in each direction will be maintained on Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue during the entire project. The construction activities will create some inconveniences for the abutting residents and businesses, but we will attempt to minimize these issues. The street sweeping restrictions will be waived for a one-block radius around the construction zone. Allowances have been made to maintain pedestrian access to residents, businesses, and the university.