Evanston aldermen tonight will be asked to approve nearly $300,000 for an engineering study of possible streetscape and sidewalk improvements in the Central Street and Green Bay Road business district.

The proposed contract award to Infrastructure Engineering Inc. of Chicago would also look at possible improvements to three intersections along Central — at Green Bay Road, Broadway Avenue and Prairie Avenue.

And it would include a traffic study for Central Street from Hartrey to Eastwood avenues and of Green Bay Road from McCormick Boulevard to Isabella Street.

In a memo to aldermen, Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says the four top-rated bidders on the project, of a total of nine that submitted proposals, all were very highly ranked by reviewers and varied little in price.

Robinson says that after interviewing the four top firms, staff recommended Infrastructure Engineering because it “demonstrated the best project approach and the most innovation.

The firm also is a certified minority business enterpriase.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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