By Bob Uphues
Enjoy traffic on Harlem Avenue? You can enjoy more of it this summer as the Illinois Department of Transportation will be resurfacing the four-lane state highway between 26th Street and Interstate 55 over the next six months.
Work was officially slated to begin April 24, but you won't have to worry about rough roadways or lane restrictions just yet. According to Riverside Public Works Director Edward Bailey, before any of the resurfacing work commences, IDOT will be replacing sections of concrete curbs and gutters and installing ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps at all intersections along Harlem Avenue in the work zone.
Once the resurfacing work begins, it likely will move from south to north, according to Bailey, who attended the pre-construction meeting with IDOT officials and contractors.
But once that work starts, motorists can expect some traffic headaches because Harlem Avenue will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction during construction. According to a press release issued by IDOT, the lane restrictions will be in effect during the daytime hours. Lanes will reopen in the evening.
IDOT is warning motorists to expect delays and to pay attention to flaggers in the work areas.