Friday, October 15, 2010

Downtown Elgin Construction Update - Week of October 18

Metra Track Reconstruction October 20-27

Kimball Street is scheduled to be closed the week of October 20-27 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.

Dexter Court Nearly Complete; E. Highland Structure Adjustment, Surface Removal to Begin

Installation of brick pavers continues on the south side of Highland Avenue between Spring Street and Center Street and between Douglas Avenue and Grove Avenue. This work will continue through October 19. No work will take place on Highland Avenue from October 20 through October 27 while METRA has Kimball Street closed.

Brick paver installation and landscaping work will continue on Dexter Court as well as construction of the new planter and decorative wall.

Structure adjustment is scheduled to begin on October 28 in preparation for the placement of the final surface course on Highland Avenue. Surface placement is scheduled for the week of November 1. This schedule is dependent on Kimball Street re-opening and, of course, weather conditions. If weather conditions remain favorable, construction of the brick paver crosswalks will begin after the surface has been placed and would be completed prior to Thanksgiving.

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 drop box will remain in its temporary location until the new center planter/wall is built in Dexter Court.

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 can be directed to Shelley Costello with TranSystems at 847-871-3185.

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