Project Details

Project Details

Updates and Project Plans

Important Announcement

Lake Street from Oak Park Avenue to Euclid will be closed beginning Thursday, September 10, 2020 with work to be completed by Thanksgiving

Due to COVID-19 and its impact to businesses, scheduling options for completion of work between Oak Park Avenue and Euclid were discussed in late June / early July. Original construction plans called for work to resume in late July which would have prevented outdoor dining this summer. The Better Lake Street construction team gathered feedback from Hemingway District business owners to inform final decisions on available options. The Village Board approved the recommendation to hold off work and start in September after Labor Day in order to complete the construction project this year.

Delaying the resumption of work further into October was never an option as weather and temperature conditions over the winter would have prevented the completion of work in 2020. This would have necessitated resuming work once again in spring 2021, causing further disruption to local businesses, considerable increased costs and the likelihood of an overall longer construction duration. See details…

Update posted Wednesday, September 9, 2020:

After the Village ordered a delay to the planned start of work after Labor Day to consider various options, the Village Board voted Tuesday, September 8 to move forward with construction. Access to restaurants and businesses with pick-up and delivery service will be maintained and coordinated on a case-by-case basis. The Village is working with individual businesses to try to maintain outdoor dining on Oak Park Avenue sidewalks and on locations adjacent to their buildings.


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Work continues on the Lake Street Improvement Project. See construction updates for the latest details.


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Reconstruct & Restore

The Lake Street Improvement Project includes new concrete and asphalt roadway surfaces and replacing and restoring water and sewer mains nearing the end of their useful service lives. Other features include:

  • Curb repair
  • Enhanced vehicle detection at traffic signals
  • New pavement markings and improvements to sidewalks and street crossings to better accommodate citizens with disabilities


New streetscape is planned for the high-traffic business districts along Lake Street between Harlem and Euclid avenues. Features will include:

  • High-quality street furniture
  • Enhanced street and pedestrian lighting
  • Informational wayfinding signs
  • Decorative sidewalk and crosswalk materials


Project goals are to improve traffic circulation and capacity, enhance pedestrian and bicycle linkage between retail districts, replace aging roadway and utilities, promote private investment and economic development, and strengthen Lake Street’s role as the community’s central tourism and retail corridor.

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Project Targets

As so much has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction schedules have been revised to take advantage of opportunities to expedite and/or modify the scope of work in order to minimize its impact to business districts and community residents. Stay informed about project scheduling and current work on our construction updates page.