An eight-week project to improve Oak Avenue between Church and Clark streets and Clark Street between Ridge and Oak avenues in Evanston is scheduled to start next week.

The project the work will involve replacing deteriorated concrete pavement, curbs, gutters and driveway aprons. Accessible ramps will be built at intersections, and a new porous concrete parking lane will be constructed on Oak. Funding for the project comes from city capital improvement and sewer funds.

Temporary no parking signs will be posted 48 hours before work begins and daytime parking restrictions will apply throughout the project. Street sweeping and neighborhood parking restrictions will be waived for a one-block radius around the construction zone while the temporary parking restrictions are in effect.

Clark will be closed to eastbound traffic and Oak will be closed to southbound traffic. A traffic detour will be in place using Church for eastbound access to downtown, avoiding the construction zone. Local traffic access will be maintained on Oak during the project.

A. Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc. of Schaumburg is the contractor for the project. The project is monitored by the City’s Infrastructure & Engineering Division. Resident Engineer Christopher Welch can be reached at 773-615-5927.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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