From Monday, June 13 through the end of October, the City of Evanston in collaboration with the City of Chicago and Village of Skokie will be improving Howard Street, from Hartrey Avenue/Sacramento Avenue to the bridge over the North Shore Channel. This project will include installation of new traffic signals at Target Drive/Sacramento Avenue, modernization of existing traffic signals at Jewel-Osco Drive/Kedzie Avenue, Jewel-Osco and Target access drive and intersection improvements, replacement of curb and gutter as needed, ADA ramps, sidewalk widening, roadway resurfacing, storm sewer and drainage improvements, pavement markings, and landscaping along Hartrey Avenue.

The Howard Street project will improve traffic safety and traffic flow for motorists and pedestrians. A project location map and newsletter are attached. This improvement is part of the City’s continuous program to improve the roadway infrastructure throughout the community and is funded by TIF funds.

This project will begin the week of June 13, 2016 with installation of temporary traffic signals at Jewel-Osco Drive/Kedzie Avenue. The construction will be completed in four stages, with Stage 1 construction realigning the Jewel-Osco access drive and widening sidewalk at the Target access drive. Stage 2 construction will be performed on the north side of Howard Street from Jewel-Osco Drive to the bridge over the North Shore Channel. Stage 3 and 4 construction will include traffic signal foundations, sidewalk, curb and gutter replacement and ADA ramps on the south side of Howard Street within the project limits. Following the Stage 4 work, Howard Street will be resurfaced from the bridge over the North Shore Channel to Hartrey Avenue by mid-August. The project will be completed, including traffic signal installation and landscaping, by the end of October.

During construction, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Howard Street, Jewel-Osco and Target access drives. The actual date when restrictions are in effect will be noted on temporary “No Parking” signs posted 48 hours prior to the start of the work. Construction activities will create some inconveniences for abutting businesses and residents, but workers will attempt to minimize these issues. The street cleaning and/or neighborhood parking restrictions will be waived for a one-block radius around the construction zone.

The contractor for this project is Capitol Cement Company, Inc., located at 6231 N. Pulaski Rd., in Chicago.

City Monitoring
The City has retained ESI Consultants, Ltd. to monitor the project. For questions or concerns during construction, please contact Resident Engineer Robert Neilson at 630-945-1516. Questions in general about the Howard Street Traffic Signal and Street Resurfacing project should be directed to Sat Nagar, P.E., Senior Project Manager, at 3-1-1 or 847-448-4311.