If you’re headed to the North Riverside Public Library, the North Riverside Village Commons or the businesses along Desplaines Avenue this summer, be prepared to get a little dusty.
On June 2, work crews will begin a street resurfacing project on Desplaines Avenue between Cermak Road and 26th Street. Depending on weather, the work is expected to be completed by the end of July.
Most of money paying for the roughly $900,000 project is coming via a federal transportation grant being administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation. North Riverside, which is responsible for picking up 20 percent of the project cost, is using motor fuel tax funds to pay for its share of the work.
According to Public Works Director Tim Kutt, curbs will be removed and replaced on both sides of Desplaines Avenue from the railroad tracks to 26th Street. In addition, all brick pavers on the parkway between the curb and sidewalk in that area (about 9,000 lineal feet) will also be removed and replaced with a reddish-brown decorative stamped concrete.
The asphalt roadway itself will be milled and resurfaced all the way from Cermak Road to 26th Street.
Desplaines Avenue will remain open to traffic during construction, said Kutt, allowing access to the library, government buildings and businesses along the street. However, there will be periodic lane reductions during construction hours, which will affect traffic.
Later this summer, a similar resurfacing project will begin on 25th Street between Harlem Avenue and the entrance to the North Riverside Park Mall.
That work is expected to begin in late August or early September, and should wrap up by the end of November.