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OPAve detourLake Street - Oak Park Avenue Intersection Closure

posted March 29, 2020
As part of the sewer and utility phase of the Lake Street Improvement Project, the Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue intersection will be closed beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020 (weather permitting) and is expected to last 7 to 10 days, as opposed to the original four-week schedule.

Multi-stage closures of the Lake-Oak Park intersection had been scheduled to start the week of April 13, but the coronavirus stay-home order has significantly reduced vehicle/pedestrian traffic and temporarily closed some businesses in the area. Project managers and the Village of Oak Park approved a plan to close the intersection earlier than had been scheduled, add crews to work simultaneously, and compress the construction schedule to mitigate impact and inconvenience. Traffic detours will take effect as shown in the map.

Other impacts during the closure of the intersection include:

  • Access to restaurants and businesses with pick-up and delivery service will be maintained or coordinated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Pedestrian access to sidewalks will remain open.
  • The Avenue Parking Garage will remain open.
  • Access to the Oak Park Avenue Green Line Station will remain open.
  • Pace has been advised of the intersection closure and will have more information about temporary bus stops for routes 309 (Lake Street) and 311 (Oak Park Avenue).
  • Bicycle traffic will be rerouted to Euclid and Kenilworth avenues.

Lake Street Improvement Project Continues

posted March 25, 2020
The water and sewer main replacement phase of the Lake Street Improvement Project continues between Euclid and Oak Park avenues. Crews have made the sewer main connection and will be focusing on completing the water main work on this block. In addition, Nicor has begun work in the alley between Ontario and Lake to upgrade the gas main in this area in advance of the forthcoming streetscape project.

The Village is working with the contractor to expand street closures associated with this water and sewer work while the businesses are closed pursuant to the Governor’s Order, so that we may complete work in this portion of the project as soon as possible. The Avenue Parking Garage will remain open and accessible during the work, but parking will not be allowed in the construction zone on Lake Street.

The streetscape project is scheduled to start work next week with the installation of traffic control and installing temporary traffic signals in Downtown Oak Park. The contractor is anticipating the closure of Lake Street between Harlem and Forest starting on April 8, 2020, weather permitting. Notifications to the businesses and residents in the area regarding the work starting are being distributed.

The Lake Street construction field office at 971 Lake Street remains closed to the public until current health restrictions are lifted. The Village will update the business community regarding this change and the consultants overseeing the projects will be available by phone or email to answer any questions.


Water and Sewer Main Replacement

stage1 detourposted March 5, 2020
The water and sewer main replacement phase of the Lake Street Improvement Project has begun between Euclid and Oak Park avenues. A traffic lane remains open for westbound traffic. However, eastbound traffic will be detoured around the work site via North Boulevard from Oak Park Avenue to Euclid Avenue. In addition, southbound traffic on Euclid will be detoured west on Lake Street for the next few weeks as work in the Euclid intersection is completed. The Avenue Parking Garage will remain open and accessible during the work, but parking will not be allowed in the construction zone on Lake Street.


stage1 detourUtility Work

posted February 19, 2020
The water and sewer main replacement project is set to begin the week of March 2, 2020, weather permitting, on Lake Street between Euclid Ave. and Oak Park Ave. Westbound traffic will remain open, with a detour for eastbound lanes at Oak Park Ave. The Avenue parking garage will be open and accessible throughout this time, with no parking on Lake Street in the construction zone.