Update on Major Public Works Projects
The City of Evanston Public Works Agency has compiled the following end-of-summer update on major projects.
Sheridan Road/Chicago Avenue
This project has experienced approximately six weeks of delays due to the State of Illinois budget shutdown and unforeseen utility conflicts. However, lately work has been proceeding briskly. The west side of Sheridan Road between Chicago Avenue and Lincoln Street is now complete, and construction on the east side began on September 1. Work between Chicago Avenue and Lincoln Street is anticipated to finish in mid-October, 2017. At that time, the contractor will demobilize until Spring 2018, when workers will return to complete the project from Lincoln Street to Wilmette.
Fountain Square Improvements
The improvements to Fountain Square south of Davis are continuing on schedule. Sidewalk and curb work is substantially complete and foundation work on the south plaza area is beginning. This will continue until late October 2017. Work on the north plaza is also beginning, but this is mostly underground work, so visual progress may be minimal for the next few weeks. Long lead times for the memorial wall and the fountain mean that these items will not be completed until Spring 2018. The contractor is expected to be offsite by the holiday shopping season and will return to complete work in the spring. As a side note, Downtown Evanston has coordinated some artwork to be installed on the construction fence, and installation is expected to begin next week.
Emerson/Ridge/Green Bay Road
Most work on this intersection is complete. Mast arm signage that is being added to Ridge Avenue just south of the viaduct to provide directions to northbound traffic has had an unusually long lead time and is now expected to be installed late in 2017. Unfortunately, Emerson/Ridge/Green Bay is functionally acting as the unofficial detour route for Sheridan Road. Because the volume of traffic has increased 75% or more, traffic backups are occurring. Backups would be worse if the new traffic signals had not been installed, as the new signals allow for better coordination between the intersections. Staff continues to monitor the situation, but substantial improvements are not expected until the construction on Sheridan Road is completed in October 2017.
For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, you may dial 311 directly while in Evanston.