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City gets $3.5M grant for Green Bay Road project

A rendering of proposed upgrades to the intersection of Central Street with Poplar and Broadway avenues.

City officials today announced that Evanston has received a $3.5 million federal grant from the North Shore Council of Mayors for the engineering and construction phases of the Green Bay Road Corridor Improvements project.

The project would upgrade Green Bay Road from McCormick Boulevard to Isabella Street and Central Street from Prairie Avenue to the Poplar and Broadway avenues intersection.

The project is intended to improve safety for pedestrians and vehicles.

City staff applied for the Surface Transportation Program local grant funds from the North Shore Council of Mayors. The grant federal program is administered by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The estimated total construction cost for the project is $5 million, with the grant covering 70 percent of the project cost.

The scope of the project includes the reconstruction of intersection ramps to meet ADA requirements and modernization of traffic signals at Lincoln Street, Central Street, and Livingston Street.

Additional work includes street light upgrades to current City standards, intersection improvements, as well as streetscape and sidewalk improvements. Pavement rehabilitation will include roadway patching as needed and resurfacing the entire length of the Green Bay Road Corridor within the project limits.

This the current phase one engineering study for the projected is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The design phase, including construction plans, will begin next year.

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