Plans for creating a protected bike lane of Davis Street to match the one built last year on Church Street are part of a street improvement project up for review by the Evanston City Council tonight.

The project calls for water main replacement from Benston to Hinman Avenues, sewer replacement from Orrington Avenue to Hinman, a streetscape upgrade and street resurfacing from Ridge to Hinman, and the protected bike path from Asbury Avenue to Hinman.

A presentation by Public Works Director Suzette Robinson prepared for tonight’s meeting indicates that the plan will eliminate diagonal parking on the south side of Davis Street between Chicago Avenue and Hinman, replacing it with parallel parking and a wider sidewalk

That will lead to the elimination of 10 metered parking spaces on the block.

But the plan also calls for adding  three more parking spaces on the south side of Davis in the block between Ridge and Oak avenues.

The plan also calls for replacing the brick sidewalks with concrete walks edged in brick and adding covered bike shelters on Davis at Orrington and Hinman avenues.

In addition to the bike features, the project also calls for other “green” elements — including using porous concrete in the sidewalks and parking lanes, adding rain gardens around street trees and installing LED-powered pedestrian lighting.

The water and sewer work is scheduled to be bid this month with the street resurfacing and streetscape work bid in May.

Robinson says the work is scheduled to start in June and be completed by October.

The council meetgs this evening immediately following the annual township meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center.

Top: A rendering of a planned covered bike shelter.

Related document

City Council packet (.pdf)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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