The Prairie Avenue train station in Brookfield will be spruced up this summer and crosswalks traversing Brookfield and Burlington avenues on both sides of Prairie Avenue will be improved to make them more pedestrian friendly.

The improvements come courtesy of two grants totaling about $230,000 from the West Suburban Mass Transit District, one approved last May and the other approved in November. The total cost for the work is tagged at about $345,000. The village will be responsible for funding the remaining $115,000.

Initially envisioned as a two-year effort, work will be completed during 2017, said Nicholas Greifer, Brookfield director of community and economic development. On Feb. 27, the Brookfield Village Board is expected to approve a $37,400 professional services agreement with Hitchcock Design Group to begin building the bid documents for the improvements. 

Once construction begins, it’s expected to take about three months to finish the work, said Village Manager Keith Sbiral.

Improvements to the train station and platforms include tuck-pointing the station, installing bike racks, planters and trash/recycling receptacles on both platforms, pouring new concrete on the north side of the station building to eliminate trip hazards and installing ADA-compliant ramps.

The project will now also include improvements to Prairie/Brookfield and Prairie/Burlington intersections in order to enhance pedestrian safety. The improvements have been scaled back from the village’s original plan but still include brick paver sidewalks on the corners immediately adjacent to the train right-of-way, high-visibility crosswalks with ADA-compliant ramps and a brick pedestrian refuge in the center of Brookfield Avenue on the east side Prairie Avenue.

“This really helps with pedestrian safety and provides a clear delineation of where pedestrians are crossing and prioritizes crossings for pedestrians,” Greifer said.

It’s not clear when work will begin, but it’s unlikely to start before July, according to Greifer.

“These will be nice enhancements especially for people utilizing the train station and for pedestrians,’ Greifer said. “It’ll be very noticeable.”

LED lighting grant

In the meantime, streetlights in downtown Brookfield and around the Hollywood Avenue train platform will be retrofitted with new LED lightbulbs as a result of the village being awarded a roughly $25,000 grant through the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

The lighting upgrade goes hand-in-hand with the train station area improvements, but will be completed by early May.

Work will take place in two phases, with the first involving the change-out of lamps and lightbulbs of 68 streetlights in the Grand Boulevard/Brookfield Avenue area. Phase two will include 42 street lights extending further along Burlington and Brookfield Avenues and at the Hollywood train platform.