Work to rebuild McCormick Boulevard from Emerson Street to Green Bay Road in Evanston moves into high gear starting Monday, March 27.

The work includes roadway reconstruction, storm sewer/drainage structure installation, and traffic signal modernization. The storm sewer installation will include three new outfalls into the North Shore Channel.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year’s construction season. Work in the parkway — including overhead utility relocation, installation of construction fencing, tree root pruning and outfall installation — is already underway.

Evanston Public Works Director David Jennings says that since the project is on an expedited schedule, crews will work Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. He says the extended schedule is especially important during the summer to maximize the amount of work completed during the time that school is not in session. The project will be constructed in stages.

In stage one, scheduled to run from March 27 to June 5, the western half of McCormick from Emerson to Bridge Street will be reconstructed. Only one lane for northbound traffic will be open. Southbound McCormick traffic will be detoured onto Bridge Street, Simpson Street, Dodge Avenue and Emerson Street.

In stage two, scheduled for June 6 to August 7, northbound traffic will shift to the western half of McCormick from Emerson to Bridge while the eastern half is reconstructed. The southbound detour route will be maintained.

Stage three is scheduled to run from June 13 to August 18, during the summer school vacation. This phase will see McCormick completely closed to traffic from Bridge to Green Bay with a detour route on Green Bay, Simpson and Bridge.

Stage four will include the completion of the roadway surface course and opening of the roadway to two-way traffic.

Glenbrook Excavating & Concrete, Inc. was the low bidder at $5.1 million and has been awarded the contract for the work.

(A project newsletter is available as a .pdf file attachment below.)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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