Roadway improvement work on Central Street between Cowper Avenue and Central Park Avenue is set to begin April 15.

This project involves replacement of existing curbs, roadway base repair, asphalt surface from curb to curb and selected sidewalk and driveway aprons.

Accessible ramps will also be built at the intersections. The existing sidewalk will be widened on the south side to improve pedestrian access.

Construction is expected to be completed by the third week of June. Street sweeping and/or neighborhood parking restrictions will be waived for a one-block radius around the construction zone when temporary daytime “NO PARKING” is in effect.

Any sprinkler systems should be identified and marked with a flag by the property owner prior to the start of construction to prevent damage. The construction activities will create some inconvenience for abutting residents, but workers will attempt to minimize these problems.

Traffic will be maintained on Central Street during construction with one travel lane in each direction at all times. Notification will be provided to the residents in advance of any driveway closures.

Construction zone daytime “NO PARKING” restrictions will be intermittent during the project; evening and night time parking will always be available. Residents are asked to use legal street parking spaces on adjacent side streets for their street parking needs.

The contractor for this street improvement program is Glenbrook Excavating Inc., 1350 North Old Rand Road, Wauconda, IL 60084.

The project is under the supervision of the City of Evanston’s Engineering Division. The Resident Engineer in the field will be Jon Nero, who will be directly responsible for all aspects of the construction.

If residents have any questions or concerns, they can contact the Resident Engineer at 311. General questions about street projects should be directed to Sat Nagar, P.E., Senior Engineer, at 311.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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