The south half of the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard in Brookfield will be closed to all vehicular traffic for the next few weeks, with construction under way to add new brick paver crosswalks and larger brick paver landing areas at either end of each crosswalk.

The work is the second phase of a project started in 2018, which included the installation of four high-visibility brick paver crosswalks across Brookfield and Burlington avenues and brick paver landing areas on either side of the Prairie Avenue railroad crossing.

Crews began construction on April 20 and it’s expected to last through at least May 11, according to a notice sent by Brookfield Community Development Director Ross Klicker to property owners in the area.

“This is much sooner and quicker than originally anticipated as we are taking advantage of the reduced traffic in this area due to the stay-at-home orders issued by the governor of Illinois,” Klicker wrote in the notice. “With this schedule, we anticipate Grand Boulevard will be completed before traffic volumes and business activity returns to normal.”

The roughly $206,000 streetscape upgrade is being funded in part by a $73,000 grant from the West Suburban Mass Transit District. The rest of the project is being funded with village money that is being loaned to the Grand Boulevard Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, which will eventually repay the loan.

In addition to the three new crosswalks and brick paver landing areas north of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad tracks, the project also includes some work south of the tracks.

Crews will install a brick paver crosswalk across Prairie Avenue south of Burlington Avenue, in addition to brick paver landing areas on either end of the crosswalk. That work will begin once the work north of the tracks is complete, said Klicker, who added there’s no firm start date for beginning that part of the project.

However, unlike the work north of the tracks, construction will be limited to one side of Prairie Avenue at a time to allow north-south traffic to flow in both directions at all times.

Construction of the crosswalks involves excavating the roadway and installing the pavers over a concrete base, which is why Grand Boulevard is closed to traffic.

The construction is impacting several businesses in the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard that remain open for food takeout and delivery, including Paisan’s, Brookfield Breakfast, Zoo City Treats and Sebastian’s Whiskey and Ale House.

Traffic is being diverted around the construction zone via Grant and Prairie avenues. The north half of the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard, including the parking spaces remain accessible to traffic from the north.