Summer road projects starting in Evanston

Evanston's Public Works Department says three street projects -- on Church Street, Dodge Avenue and Sheridan Road -- will start on Monday, June 18.
The Church Street project involves installing a new protected bike lane from Dodge to Ashland Avenues, replacing sidewalks and repaving the roadway.
On Dodge Avenue at Lake Street a new plaza will be created, replacing an existing right turn lane. The plaza will be constructed with porous and regular concrete and a rain garden and bus shelter will be installed.
These two project are expected to be completed by Aug. 17, and one-lane traffic will be maintained in each direction on all the streets. Temporary no parking signs will be posted during the construction work. Street sweeping and neighborhood parking restrictions will be waived for a one-block radius around the construction zone.
The city and the Illinois Department of Transportation will work on Sheridan Road from Chicago Avenue to Central Street to modernize five existing traffic signals, install a new signal at Northwestern Place, and interconnect all the signals.
The project includes the replacement of outdated controllers and traffic signal equipment, installation of loop detectors and a fiber optic interconnect system, and new pavement markings. Pedestrian countdown signals, accessible pedestrian signals and pedestrian detectors will also be added at the intersections.
That project is expected to be completed by Sept. 28.