Sheridan Road Improvement Project - Public Meeting on Construction Project to be Held Thursday, April 12
In November 2007, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the City of Evanston and the Village of Wilmette will begin the total reconstruction of Sheridan Road from 10th Street to Isabella and Isabella Street from the CTA tracks to Sheridan Road . The scope of this project will include a new paved road surface, extensive underground utility replacement, modernized traffic signals and streetscape enhancements. While some of the necessary utility work will begin this Fall, major construction activity will begin in March 2008 and continue through July 2009.
The Village recognizes what an integral role Sheridan Road plays in our community and that many residents depend on it for local transportation, so after much thoughtful consideration and coordination, a necessary detour route has been developed to accommodate the intensity of the underground utility work. This southbound detour will be in effect for the majority of the construction process; however, one lane of northbound traffic will be maintained on Sheridan Road at all times during construction.
The southbound detour routes will include portions of 10th Street , Wilmette Avenue , Lake Avenue , 4th Street and Isabella Street . This precaution is necessary to keep Sheridan Road safe for drivers and contractors during construction. Every effort will be made to minimize the duration of the detours whenever possible.
Once completed, the improvements on Sheridan Road will provide for one travel lane in each direction, a center two-way left turn lane (similar to the one in Kenilworth), as well as bicycle lanes flanking the roadway. This new lane configuration is intended to significantly improve safety and reduce accidents. Brick paved crosswalks, pedestrian count-down clocks on the traffic signals and sidewalk improvements will also be added to make the Sheridan Road corridor even more pedestrian-friendly .
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