Construction on improvements to Fountain Square in downtown Evanston is scheduled to start next week and continue through December.

The project is funded through tax increment financing district revenue and general obligation funds for capital improvement projects.

The work will include:

  • A renovated plaza, including a new zero depth decorative fountain, veterans memorial, lighting, street furniture and landscaping.
  • A new pedestrian plaza space south of Davis Street, between Orrington and Sherman Avenues, including new paving, lighting, street furniture and landscaping.
  • New street lighting in the 1500 block of Sherman Avenue.
  • New traffic signals at the intersections of Davis Street with Orrington and Sherman avenues.
  • New roadway pavements along the 1500 block of Sherman Avenue and along Davis Street, between Sherman and Orrington Avenues, including the creation of a “curbless street,” which raises the elevation of the roadway to match adjacent sidewalks.

The project will be completed in four phases that are detailed in the project newsletter.

Construction dates will be noted on temporary “No Parking” signs posted 48 hours prior to the start of work. Parking will be available in the Sherman Avenue garage located on the corner of Sherman Avenue and Davis Street.

Coperhaver Construction is the general contractor on the project and Chrosopher B. Burke Engineering is monitoring the work for the city. Burke’s resident engineer, Tracy Wais can be reached at 847-878-0501 for construction concerns. General questions about the project should be directed to Stefanie Levine at 311.

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