Getting around Oak Park this summer has been a bit more complicated due to a number of construction projects such as the Albion at Oak Park at 1000 Lake Street in DTOP. In addition to new developments, there is also a generous amount of maintenance work being done on the water mains, sewers, sidewalks, and streets.
Crews have been working on repairing and replacing the deteriorating mains along North and South Boulevards between Marion Street and Oak Park Avenue since early June. The plans are extensive and will include complete reconstruction of the affected roadways. In addition, North Boulevard’s lanes will be adjusted to include a bike lane from Kenilworth Avenue to Oak Park Avenue. South Boulevard improvements will include street resurfacing, sidewalk repairs, and updated lighting.
This week, the intersection of North Boulevard and Kenilworth Avenue has been closed to all vehicle traffic. North Boulevard is also closed to through traffic between Forest and Clinton Avenues. Traffic is being detoured around the construction site via Lake Street and arrangements have been made to accommodate affected parking permit holders’ vehicles in the Holley Court Garage.
The annual sidewalk repairs have also begun throughout Oak Park. The sidewalks will be worked on one side of the street at a time to allow for pedestrian safety while construction is ongoing. According to a Facebook post made by Oak Park Trustee Deno Andrews, the goal is to complete all sidewalk removal and repairs prior to the start of the academic school year.
Updates to the project schedule and affected areas can be found here as they become available. For now, use caution while traveling in heavy construction zones. The majority of construction work is almost always done in the warmer months of the year.