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Streetscape work starts at library

Construction work on the streetscape improvement project at the Evanston Public Library is getting underway this week.

The project will replace damaged and uneven sidewalks near the downtown library at Church Street and Orrington Avenue.

The work will include replacing the existing pavers with a new concrete sidewalk, installing new roadway curbing and brick paver bands behind the curbing and upgrading the library ramp area with poetry inscriptions.

Starting on Church Street, the construction project will move west toward Orrington Avenue, then north on Orrington. During construction, traffic will be maintained on Church Street and Orrington Avenue.

There will be no overnight and weekend parking on the north side of Church Street or the east side of Orrington Avenue in the construction zone.

All Library services will continue throughout the project, but patrons and staff will need to make the following accommodations:


    Construction work on the streetscape improvement project at the Evanston Public Library is getting underway this week.

    The project will replace damaged and uneven sidewalks near the downtown library at Church Street and Orrington Avenue.

    The work will include replacing the existing pavers with a new concrete sidewalk, installing new roadway curbing and brick paver bands behind the curbing and upgrading the library ramp area with poetry inscriptions.

    Starting on Church Street, the construction project will move west toward Orrington Avenue, then north on Orrington. During construction, traffic will be maintained on Church Street and Orrington Avenue.

    There will be no overnight and weekend parking on the north side of Church Street or the east side of Orrington Avenue in the construction zone.

    All Library services will continue throughout the project, but patrons and staff will need to make the following accommodations:

    • The front entrance of the Library will be temporarily closed during construction.
    • The wheelchair accessible entrance on the east (alley) side of the Library will remain open.
    • Library book drops normally located on Church Street will be temporarily relocated to the alley side of the building.
    • Parking in the Library underground garage will be available but limited due to storage needs of the construction crews.
    • Bicycle racks will be available on the alley side and in the underground garage.

    The selection of the poetry to be imprinted in the ramp will take place next spring and will be coordinated by the Library and the City’s Public Art Committee. Questions about the poetry project may be directed to Paul Gottschalk at 847-448-8656.

    The contractor for the streetscape improvement project is Schroeder & Schroeder Inc., located at 7306 Central Park Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60076.

    The project is under the supervision of the City of Evanston’s Division of Transportation. The Resident Engineer in the field will be Dan Manis. He will be directly responsible for all aspects of the construction. For further information, please contact Paul Gottschalk at 847-448-8656 or Dan Manis at 847-878-0137.

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