What promised to be a rough summer road construction season on First Avenue just got a little worse.

In addition to the improvements planned this summer for the First Avenue and Forest Avenue intersection and at 31st Street and Golfview Avenue near Brookfield Zoo’s North Gate, the Illinois Department of Transportation has also announced a $1.6 million project to improve signal synchronization and traffic flow along First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 44th Street in Lyons.

IDOT announced the project on March 13 as part of an $18.3 million package of road improvements funded through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program.

Jae Miller, a spokeswoman for IDOT, said traffic signal improvements will be made on First Avenue at Ogden Avenue, Plainfield Road and 44th Street. Additional traffic signal upgrades will be made at Ogden and Plainfield Road and Ogden and Lawndale Road.

The main site for improvements to the roadway itself, according to Miller, was the intersection of First Avenue and Plainfield Road, where the intersection will be repaved and re-striped to include eastbound and westbound left-turn lanes on Plainfield Road.

According to IDOT Project Engineer Roman Meropolski, a small median on First Avenue just south of Plainfield Road will be removed as part of the project. There will be daytime lane reductions to accommodate construction, said Meropolski, adding that the curb line will be altered on the northwest corner of Ogden and First Avenue to create a wider turning radius onto westbound Ogden.

Work is expected to begin in mid- to late-May and will take 5-6 months to complete, Meropolski said.

—Bob Uphues