Monday, October 04, 2010

Construction Update: Kimball Street Bridge Patching Begins Today

Street patching work is scheduled to begin on Kimball Street Bridge on Monday, October 4 and will continue for 3-4 days, depending on weather. There will be one lane open in each direction during the patching activity.

"All indications right now show that the work should be wrapped up by Friday, October 8," commented David Lawry, Public Services Director. "We know that motorists have been faced with a lot of obstacles over the past couple of months downtown and we plan to make this as seamless as possible."

The patching is scheduled to be conducted in between rush hour times, starting at 9:30 am and will wrap up by 2:00 pm each day. Motorists are reminded to use caution in construction zones.

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Reconstruction of Dexter Court continues through the week of October 4, 2010. Dexter Court will be closed for two weeks to allow for reconstruction. Access to City Hall is available through the Civic Center parking lot with access from Douglas Avenue, Highland Avenue and Grove Court.

The City's payment drop box has been temporarily relocated during construction. To access the drop box, enter the Civic Center Parking lot from Douglas Avenue. Vehicular access to the drop box will be available in a drive up lane set up in the parking area along the north side of this entrance.

The closure of Dexter Court is expected to last until Monday, October 11.

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Installation of brick paver sidewalks continues on the south side of Highland Avenue from Grove Avenue to Douglas Avenue and from Spring Street to Center Street.

Lowering of drainage and utility structure lids will take place during this week as well in preparation for removal of the existing asphalt surface. Milling of the existing asphalt surface and installation of the first layer of the new asphalt surface throughout this phase of the project is expected to begin the week of October 11.

Kimball Street is scheduled to be closed for a week during October for the reconstruction of the Metra tracks. During the time of this closure, there will be no work on Highland Avenue. Work on placing the final asphalt surface and permanent pavement markings will take place after Kimball Street re-opens.

This phase of the CBD Streetscape project includes Highland Avenue from Riverside Drive to Center Street, Grove Court, Spring Street from Highland Avenue to Division Street, Dexter Court and Center Street from Kimball Street to Dundee Avenue.

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Weekly progress meetings for the Central Business District construction project are held on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. at the construction office located at 201 E. Chicago Street. Business and property owners are invited to attend the first 15 minutes of the meeting if they have any questions or concerns regarding the construction.

Specific questions regarding the construction may be directed to Shelley Costello with TranSystems at 847-871-3185.

For general information on the project, please contact Joe Evers at 847-931-5955 or visit the City's website at and click the Gettin' Around in Downtown icon.

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