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Construction Alert: Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11

November, 7, 2019

Thatcher Avenue and North Avenue Street Closures

IDOT has notified the Village that they will be backfilling a washed out area along the Des Plaines River at the southwest corner of Thatcher Avenue and North Avenue. This will require them to change the traffic patterns for southbound Thatcher Avenue and possibly eastbound North Avenue from approximately 6AM to 6PM on Friday, 11/8.  This work may cause increased traffic in the area during both the morning and evening rush hours. Residents should plan to avoid the area, if possible.

Harlem Avenue Patching

Multiple locations along the west edge of Harlem Avenue (between Division and Chicago) have continually required patching in recent years. In an effort to resolve this issue on a more permanent basis, the Village will be working with a contractor to install more structural patches that will hold up better over time. This work will require the western-most lane to be closed. In an effort to minimize conflicts with weekday traffic, the schedule will involve excavation of the patches on Friday, 11/8, placement of concrete on Saturday, 11/9, and paving of the asphalt surface on Sunday, 11/10. By Monday, it is expected that the roadway will be reopened to vehicular traffic.

First Avenue Rail Work

The final track cutover to put the third track in service is set to be done this weekend, November 8-11. Union Pacific will be working on one track from Friday 11/8 at 8PM to Monday 11/11 at 5AM. This work is set on the weekend to have the smallest impact to the commuters and the community. This work will be completed in one weekend to ensure the proper testing is complete per the FRA requirements. Drivers may experience delays during this period due to partial lane closures as needed on First Avenue. Please note the Maywood Station will be closed during this weekend, but the River Forest station will remain open.

Please use caution when driving through these areas, especially when workers are present.