News Posted in: Public Works

Evanston Ranked Among Top 25 Bike-to-Work Cities in the Nation

Posted in News, Transportation

Evanston is one of the nation’s top 25 cities for biking to work, according to a recent Bloomberg News

Evanston Community Members Encouraged to Provide Feedback on Bike Transportation Improvements at Upcoming Public Meetings

Posted in City Council, Meeting, Public Works, Transportation

Evanston residents are invited to participate in several upcoming community meetings to learn more about the City’s Bike Plan

Trim Trimming Adjacent to Railroad Right-of-Way Scheduled

Posted in forestry

The tree trimming contractor for ComEd is scheduled to trim/remove trees on two sections of the Union Pacific right-of-way beginning

Oak Ave., Clark St. Improvement Project Begins August 11

Posted in Construction, Public Works, Road Construction

Beginning the week of August 11, the City of Evanston will contract an 8-week street improvement project for Oak

Evanston Health Department Provides 60-Day Grace Period For Collection Box Licenses

To help regulate collection boxes across Evanston, the City recently passed Ordinance 23-O-14 Title 3, Chapter 31 to require

Evanston City Council Approves Plastic Shopping Bag Ordinance

Posted in City Council, Recycling, Sustainability

On Monday, July 28, the Evanston City Council voted 5-4 to approve an ordinance prohibiting the distribution of point-of-sale

Nicor to Resume Gas Service Replacement, New Meter Installation in Evanston July 21 through October 31

Posted in Nicor construction, Utilities, Utilities Department

From July 21 through October 31, 2014, Nicor's subcontractor, NPL Construction, will resume the replacement of residential gas services

City's Fourth Annual Recycling Fair to Include Medications Disposal

Posted in Events, Public Works, Recycling, Sustainability

Community members looking to clean up their medicine cabinets and responsibly dispose of unused medications and prescription drugs can

Sherman Ave. Improvement Project Begins July 7

Posted in Construction, Public Works, street resurfacing

Beginning the week of July 7 through the end of August, the City will contract street improvements on Sherman

City to Host 4th Annual Recycling Fair and Equipment Display July 12

Posted in Public Works, Recycling, Sustainability

The City of Evanston will host its fourth annual recycling fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July

Sidewalk Construction along School Walk Routes Begins June 30

Posted in Construction, Public Works

From June 30 to August 8, the City of Evanston’s Public Works Department will replace deteriorated sidewalk slabs along

Community Meeting to Discuss Planned Baker Park Improvements July 10

Posted in Meeting, Parks and Recreation, Public Works

3rd Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne and the City of Evanston’s Public Works Department will host a community meeting to

Road Resurfacing Work on Oakton St. Begins June 23

Posted in Road Construction

The City of Evanston will contract road resurfacing work on Oakton St., between Dodge Ave. and Asbury Ave., beginning

Late Blooming Trees and Those That Didn't Make It

The City has received several inquires over the past few weeks about the state of some street trees that

Sign Up for Street Sweeping Alert Notifications

Evanston community members are encouraged to sign up for text message or e-mail alerts to remind them of street

City to Begin Water Main Replacement and Street Resurfacing Project May 19

Posted in Construction, street resurfacing, water

Beginning the week of May 19, the City of Evanston and its contractor will launch a ten-week project to

Evanston Launches Citywide Effort to Patch Potholes

The City of Evanston and its contractor, Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc., have started to perform street surface and pothole

City to Begin Street Resurfacing Work May 5

Posted in Public Works, Road Construction, street resurfacing

The City and its contractor will resurface 16 street segments throughout Evanston beginning May 5, with work expected to

Final Bike Plan Workshop Set for May 3

Posted in public works, sustainability

As part of the City of Evanston’s process to update its citywide Bike Plan, a second and final Bike

Evanston Fleet Recognized as One of North America's Best

Posted in Public Works

The City of Evanston’s Fleet Services Division has been named one of top public fleets in North America. The

Public Tree Inventory to Begin April 17

Posted in Trees

The City of Evanston Public Works Forestry Division, in collaboration with Davey Resource Group (DRG), will conduct a computerized inventory

Evanston Awarded Grant to Fund Bike Transportation Improvements

Posted in Public Works, Transportation

The City of Evanston has been awarded nearly $1.5 million in federal funding for bicycle transportation improvements, Gov. Pat

Introducing Evanston's New Parking Meters

The City is nearing completion of the project to update on-street parking meters. The new meters help make payment

Spring Cleaning: Bulk Trash Pick-ups Begin Soon

Posted in Public Works, Recycling, Refuse, Street Sweeping, Yard Waste

Residents can tidy their homes from the closet to the curb this season with the help of the City

Residents Invited to Provide Feedback on City Snow Operations

Posted in Parking, Public Works, Snow, snow emergency, Snow route parking ban

In the wake of more than 90 inches of snowfall this season, the largest in Evanston’s history, the City

Christmas in March??...Call 3-1-1 for Tree Pickup

Remember 60 or 70 inches of snow ago when the City of Evanston offered to pick up your Christmas

Holiday Tree Pick-ups, Firewood Sale Suspended Due to Snow Removal Efforts

Posted in firewood sale, Refuse, Trees

Due to City snow removal operations, holiday tree pick-ups will not occur on Tuesday, January 21 or Wednesday, January

City Begins Removal of 60 Trees Severely Damaged by Extreme Cold

Posted in Forestry, Public Works, Trees

Public Works crews have begun the process of removing 60 sycamore and London plane trees in public parkways that

Reduce Waste, Increase Recycling With New Sanitation Fee Structure

Posted in Public Works, Refuse, Sanitation

As part of an ongoing effort to promote greener living, the City of Evanston has established a new sanitation

Evanston Holiday Tree Pickup Schedule

Posted in Refuse, Trees

City crews will pick up holiday trees beginning December 30, 2013 through February 7, 2014. This six-week window provides

Snow Parking Regulations Start Dec. 1

The City of Evanston’s Streets and Sanitation Division would like to remind residents that the City’s snow parking regulations

Paint Evanston Plows Contest Now Open

Eight of the City of Evanston's snow plow blades are looking particularly festive in advance of the winter season,

Notice of Temporary Traffic Control Plan (starting Oct 21)

ComEd will be performing maintenence work between October 21 and November 20 that will impact  traffic in the area

Temporary Traffic Control on Green Bay Rd. for Water/Sewer Work Sept. 4-20

Posted in Construction, Public Works, Utilities Department

There will be temporary traffic control in place in order to instal new water and sewer service connection on Green

UPDATE: Governor Announces Evanston Bridge Project Rehabilitation, Work Starts September 3

UPDATE: Work on the Bridge St. bridge reconstruction project set to begin September 3 and is expected to be

Shared Streets Evanston Event Closes Dempster Street September 1 for Gala Activities

Enjoy Dempster Street like never before from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 1 by attending the Shared Streets Evanston

Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County to Hold Information Meetings in September

Posted in Recycling, Refuse, SWANCC

Are you concerned about garbage, recycling and other solid waste issues? The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)

Temporary Lane Reduction on Clark St. for Crane Lift August 24

Vehicular traffic will be reduced to one lane between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 24 so that

"I Heart Evanston Trees" Campaign Fall Preview

Posted in Forestry, Trees

Since the “I Heart Evanston Trees” campaign was launched on June 22, Evanston residents have stepped up and raised

Openlands TreeKeepers Course in Evanston Starts September 14

Want to gain a more in-depth understanding about how to become a better tree steward? For the first time

Evanston's Forestry Division Launches "Blue Trees Initiative" to Raise Awareness of Emerald Ash Borer on August 8

The City of Evanston’s Forestry Division is launching a program called the Blue Trees Initiative to raise public awareness

"Pink Heals Tour" Comes to Evanston to Promote Cancer Awareness August 7

The “Pink Heals Tour” will be in Evanston from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7 to

City to Begin Work on Roof & Chimney at Noyes Cultural Arts Center

Contractors for the City of Evanston will begin roof and chimney repair work starting July 25 at the Noyes

City of Evanston Announces More Street Resurfacing Projects

Starting the week of July 29, for nine weeks, contractors for the City of Evanston will be doing street

Davis St. Improvement Project from Ridge Ave. to Hinman Ave. to Begin July 29, Includes Protected Bicycle Lane

Contractors for the City of Evanston will begin work on the Davis St. improvement project starting July 29 for

Partial Lane Closures at Ridge Ave. and Clark St. Area July 24 for Street Resurfacing

Focus Construction, Inc., as part of the last component to complete the 1717 Ridge Avenue project, will be milling and

Water Main & Street Work to Begin on July 15 on Clark, Austin & Keeney Streets

Starting July 15 for eleven weeks, the city will be contracting the water main replacement and street resurfacing CIP

State Seeks Input on Illinois Bike Transportation Plan

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and team partners are hard at work on the State's first Bike Transportation

Downtown Evanston Gas Main Replacement Project Begins June 5

Phase 1 is to be completed from June 5, 2013 to July 29, 2013. Location and Limits of Affected

Private Elm Insurance Deadline is May 31

Posted in Dutch Elm Disease, Forestry

The City of Evanston once again is offering private insurance to cover elm trees on private property. The deadline

Temporary Traffic Control Plan on Sheridan Rd. at Church St. Until May 14

A temporary traffic control plan started earlier today on Sheridan Rd. at Church St. until May 14 for the

CTA Track Work Begins May 8-19; Mulford St. to South Blvd. Section

The Chicago Transit Authority will begin work to replace the Purple Line track ties as part of their track renewal

Reorganization of City's Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Community Services Departments

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced today a reorganization of the Department of Public Works and Department of Parks, Recreation

City to Provide Free Storm-related Bulk Trash Pick-up April 22-26

The City of Evanston's Streets and Sanitation Division will be performing special pick-up collection of flood damaged bulky items and/or

ComEd Work on Asbury Ave. Set for April 25-May 3

ComEd will be performing manhole inspections on Asbury Ave. between Oakton St. and Harvard Terr. April 25 through May

Evanston Recognized in Nationwide Commuting Study

Evanston was ranked as one of the top ten cities with the greenest commuting habits in a recent study.

Intense Rainfall Causing Area Flooding

From midnight until 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, 3.94 inches of rain were recorded at the Evanston Water

Union Pacific to Remove Abandoned Bridge from Main St. April 20

Union Pacific Railroad will be removing the abandoned bridge deck at Main St. on Saturday, April 20. Main St.

How Evanston's Streets and Sanitation Crews Deal with Potholes

April means pothole filling season for the City of Evanston’s Streets and Sanitation Division. With winter behind us, the

UPDATE: Isabella St. Project Notice of Road Closure

 UPDATE UPDATE 4/4/2013 The Isabella Street road closure is scheduled to be shifted to the west on Monday, April

Central St. Improvement Project Begins April 15

Roadway improvement work on Central Street between Cowper Avenue and Central Park Avenue (see map below) is set to begin

Evanston Street Sweeping Begins April 1

April 1, 2013, marks the beginning of the City of Evanston’s street sweeping season. Residents will receive in the

Temporary Davis St. Lane Closure on March 26

Two lanes of Davis Street will be temporarily closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 (westbound,

New "Evanston Life" Magazine Now Online

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Evanston Life! Over the past several years, the Highlights newsletter and the Arts

Mayor's State of the City Address March 8, Registration Still Open

Please join the Evanston Chamber of Commerce on March 8 to hear from the Honorable Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor of

Temporary Davis St. Lane Closure on Feb. 12

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, The Timm T. Martin Company will be temporarily closing two lanes of Davis Street,

Sherman Plaza Garage to Receive Energy Efficient Lighting Makeover with Help of DCEO Funds

The Sherman Plaza Garage, located on the corner of Davis St. and Benson Ave., will be getting a lighting

Residents, Businesses Required to Remove Snow from Sidewalks

Residents and businesses are reminded that they must clear snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their respective properties for

Crossing Guard Changes for Haven, Kingsley and St. Athanasius Schools Starting Jan. 7

Since the school year began, there have been some safety concerns raised by area parents and businesses regarding an

City Completes Newest Round of Street Light Power Upgrades

The City of Evanston’s Engineering Division recently announced that they have completed upgrades to 45 street light power centers,

City of Evanston Winter Holiday Closures

The City of Evanston has announced its hours of operation along with its recycling and refuse schedule for Christmas

New City of Evanston Engineer Appointed

The City of Evanston announced today the appointment of Homayoon Pirooz, P.E. as the new Engineering Division Manager/City Engineer

City Now Offers Snow Alert Text Messages as Snow Parking Regulations Start Dec. 1

The City of Evanston’s Streets and Sanitation Division would like to remind residents that the city’s snow parking regulations

City of Evanston Encourages Residents to Take Metra Survey, Ask for Viaduct Upgrades

Metra is continuing to develop their strategic plan, which will enable them to prioritize their energies and resources. They

Seventh Annual Paint Evanston Plows Contest Voting Open

A few of the city's snow plows will be looking particularly festive in preparation for the coming winter season,

Evanston Named "Bicycle Friendly City"

The City of Evanston was recently named a “Bicycle Friendly Community” at the Silver Award level by the League

City of Evanston Contracting for Additional Towing for Winter Season

The City of Evanston is currently establishing contracts for emergency snow towing for the 2012/2013 winter season. Occasionally, the

Seventh Annual Paint Evanston Plows Contest Gets Underway Soon

The City of Evanston’s Public Works Department announces the Seventh Annual Paint Evanston Plows (P.E.P) Contest. The contest is

Improvements to the Church Street Corridor

The City of Evanston is in the process of making several significant improvements along the Church St. corridor from

Back to School Safety Tips from District 65 and the City of Evanston

The City of Evanston is teaming up with District 65 to continue to encourage students and parents to follow

Additional Street Resurfacing Projects to Begin September 4

Starting September 4 and lasting for about five weeks, the City of Evanston will be contracting out road resurfacing

IDOT to Start Road Work on Dempster St. & Asbury Ave. August 27

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be contracting roadway patching work on Dempster Street from the western city limits

Pedestrian Safety Improvement on Forest Avenue

In an effort to help reduce congestion and increase safety for school children in the vicinity of Lincoln School, the City

Special City Council Meeting Held to Discuss Pedestrian Safety

The City Council held a special meeting Monday, August  6, 2012, to consider recommendations on citywide pedestrian safety improvements. Agenda

City's July Recycling Fair a Success

The City of Evanston’s Public Works department held its annual Recycling Fair and Public Works Equipment Expo at the Evanston

Metra's CEO Clifford Comes to Evanston to Discuss Strategic Plan, Get Public Input

Top Metra officials came to Evanston for a Metra Open House on July 18 to solicit public input as

Evanston to Hold Pedestrian Safety Workshop on July 24

The public information session was held on July 24, 2012.   Here is the presentation in PDF format.

Church St. Improvement Project

Streetscape, resurfacing, bicycle path and rehab of Orrington Plaza part of the project Starting August 1 for eleven weeks,

Share your Thoughts with Metra, Take a Survey

Metra is soliciting input from riders and residents on its mission, vision for the future and projects on which

Metra Soliciting Public Input on Projects and Vision at Open House in Evanston and Online

Metra will be holding an open house at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center on July 18 to solicit

Plastic Shopping Bag Collection at Recycling Fair to Benefit Homeless

New this year to the Evanston Recycling Fair and Equipment Expo is the collection of plastic shopping bags. Volunteers from

Sherman Plaza Garage Repair Update

Façade inspections of the Sherman Plaza Parking Garage, located on the corner of Davis St. and Benson, were recently

Crawford Avenue Resurfacing Set for July 9

Posted in construction

Illinois Department of Transportation Crawford Avenue Resurfacing The Illinois Department of Transportation will be contracting road resurfacing work on

2012 Water Main Replacement and Street Improvement Project

Posted in construction

The city will be contracting water main replacement and roadway work on Group 2 project consisting of four street segments

Mayor Thanks Senator Schoenberg, CTA President for Purple Line Upgrades

Posted in construction, CTA

The Chicago Transit Authority and the City of Evanston held a press conference on June 21 to discuss the

CTA Viaduct Replacements Continue: CTA Purple Line Shuttles to Run and Dempster at Sherman Closed June 22-26

Starting this weekend, the Dempster and Grove Street viaducts will be replaced, with work beginning on Friday, June 22 and concluding on Tuesday,

Sign-up for Street Sweeping Text Notifications to Help Avoid a Ticket

The City of Evanston launched a new tool in early April 2012 that will allow residents to sign-up for text

Bike Corral Pilot Project at Evanston Athletic Club

The City of Evanston, in conjunction with the Evanston Athletic Club (EAC), recently unveiled the first pilot bike corral in the

Public Works Projects on Church, Dodge & Sheridan Set to Begin June 18

The City of Evanston's Public Works Department announced today that work on three projects in Evanston is set to

CTA Viaduct to be Put in Place Starting June 8 at Greenleaf St.

Starting this weekend, the Greenleaf Viaduct will be replaced with work beginning on Friday and concluding on Monday. The

Community Meeting Set to Discuss New Evanston Trader Joe's Store

Third Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne will be holding a community meeting to discuss the new Trader Joe's location on

SWANCC Document Destruction Event in Winnetka

Winnetka to Host Document Destruction Event, Open to Evanston Residents   The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County

2012 Water Main Replacement and Street Improvement Project

Starting May 14, 2012 and spanning twelve weeks, the city will be contracting water main replacement and roadway work on

City Announces Street Resurfacing Projects for 2012

Starting May 7, 2012 for eight weeks, the city will be contracting road resurfacing work on nine street segments throughout Evanston.  This project

Pace Route 250 to Convert to "Posted Stops Only" Service May 13

To improve on-time performance and identify more clearly the locations where buses will stop, Pace is in the process of

Mild Winter Resulted in Large City Cost Savings for Snow Removal

The City of Evanston’s Public Works Department recently announced a huge cost savings in its annual snow removal budget of

Earth Month Activities and Events

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize

CTA Yellow Line Station Study to be Presented to City Council April 16

Staff from the City of Evanston's Public Works Department will present to the City Council the study findings for the input

Residents Can Now Receive Street Sweeping Notifications Via Text or E-mail

The City of Evanston announced today the launch of a new tool that will allow residents to sign-up for text

Proposed Streetscape Projects Presented to City Council

On Monday, March 26, City staff presented the Evanston City Council plans for streetscape projects on Dodge Ave. at Lake

"In the Works" Public Works Newsletter Now Available Online

The Spring 2012 edition of In the Works is now available online. This newsletter from the City of Evanston's Public

Chicago Ave. Streetscape Project to Begin April 2

Starting April 2 for twelve weeks,  the City of Evanston and the Illinois Department of Transportation will be contracting out a streetscape

City, Community Respond to Veolia Waste Transfer Station Issues

The City of Evanston held a press conference near the Veolia Waste Transfer Station in Evanston on Friday, March 16,

Parking Meter & Sanitation Service Charge Increases Effective February 1, 2012

In order to balance the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, the Evanston City Council voted to reduce numerous expenses, reduced several

Evanston Streets & Sanitation Division Recognized for its Green Initiative

The American Public Works Association (APWA) recently announced the recipient of the 2012 Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence.

Residents, Landlords & Businesses Need to Shovel their Sidewalks

Sidewalk Snow Removal The City of Evanston reminds residents, landlords and businesses of their responsibility to remove snow and ice

Survey on Composting in Evanston

New Life Given to Old Garbage Carts with Compost Pilot Program This summer, the Evanston Public Works Department started the

CTA Yellow Line Study Meeting - January 24

Posted in CTA Yellow Line, Transportation


2012 Evanston Budget Fee Changes Effective Dates

In order to balance the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, the Evanston City Council voted to reduce numerous expenses, reduced several

City Street Cleaners to Make One Final Sweep

Although street sweeping officially ends on November 30, the Public Works Department is requesting that residents follow the even/odd Snow

New Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation Starts Job

The City of Evanston welcomes James Maiworm as the new Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation. Maiworm has over twenty years

CTA Purple Line Retaining Wall Work Extended to Dec. 9 - One Southbound Lane of Chicago Ave. to be Closed

Posted in CTA, Public Works, Purple Line

In July 2011, the Chicago Transit Authority Board approved a $10.3 million contract to replace the Purple Line viaducts at

Rules for Fall Leaf & Yard Waste Collection

Fall is here and that brings with it leaves. The City of Evanston would like to remind residents of a

New Year Marks Ban on Many Electronics Going to Landfill

Posted in Public Works, Recycling, Sustainability, SWANCC

The City of Evanston, as a member of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), would like to

Evanston Wins Governor's Sustainability Award

Twenty-five Illinois companies and organizations have been honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future,

City of Evanston Receives $792,000 Grant for Dempster St. Traffic Signal Modernization

The City of Evanston has received a $792,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Grant for traffic signal modernization

CTA Yellow Line Resident Survey Now Live

The City of Evanston is conducting an engineering feasibility study to identify a preferred alternative for an intermediate station along

Evanston Encourages Residents to Support their RTA Grant Application

The City of Evanston has submitted an application for a Regional Transportation Authority's (RTA) 2012 Community Planning Program grant and

Volunteer Painting Help for Seniors

  To assist our senior residents, Northwestern University is committing volunteers to the City of Evanston for the Northwestern University

Free Compost Bins Offered by Evanston Public Works

The fall season is right around the corner and with it comes the annual problem of what to do with the

CTA Approves Contract for Evanston Purple Line Viaducts

The Chicago Transit Authority Board today approved a $10.3 million contract to replace the Purple Line viaducts at Grove, Dempster

City's Business Districts Go Green, Get New Recycling Bins

The Public Works Department, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants program,

City Launches G.R.E.E.N. Program through Federal Grant, Names May Winners

The City of Evanston’s Public Works Department launched the “Get Caught” program this May where the Sanitation Division goes out

Where Would You Want a New CTA Yellow Line Station?

On June 2nd many Evanston residents showed up for the first public meeting on the proposed new CTA Yellow Line

"In the Works" - the newsletter that covers "At Your Disposal" and more!

The Spring 2011 edition of "In the Works" is now available online. The newsletter covers news and updates on yard

Homeowners, Landlords & Businesses Must Remove Snow/Ice from Sidewalks

Posted in Snow

The City of Evanston reminds residents and businesses of their responsibility to remove snow and ice from walkways after a

New Pedestrian Law and Evanston Crosswalks Explained

Posted in Crosswalks

A change in state law regarding pedestrian crossings and the City of Evanston’s efforts to address pedestrian safety with crosswalk

Winners of the Fifth Annual Paint Evanston Plows Contest Announced

City of Evanston’s Fifth Annual Paint Evanston Plows Contest were announced at the Administration and Public Works Committee Meeting on November 22.