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Downtown Streetscape

The Village Council adopted the Downtown Streetscape and Signage Master Plan on June 19, 2018. In 2019, the Council budgeted funds to implement Phase I of the Streetscape Plan for the west portion of the Elm Business District. The streetscape design and engineering has been revised through a series of engagement meetings and is anticipated to be finalized in early May.

On April 24, the Village hosted a Streetscape Construction Phasing meeting with businesses. As a result of those discussions, the Village has developed a tenatative schedule for the Phase I project-- with substantial completion of construction by October 18 and completion of final punchlist items by November 1, 2019.

On May 7, Village Council reviewed the 90% West Elm Streetscape Plans and gave Staff authorization to seek bids for the project. Links below provide additional detail on the project history, planned streetscape design, and anticipated construction schedule.

On June 18, Village Council awarded the contract for construction services for this project to ALamp Concrete Contractors in Schaumburg, Illinois. ALamp has experience with similar projects of this scope. Construction is expected to begin on Monday, July 22, and be substantially completed by October 18. 
 

Construction Updates
On Monday, September 9 the Streetscape contractor completed a scheduled water main shutdown that affected approximately 40 local businesses and residents. The water main shut down was required for the installation of a short section of new water main on Chestnut Street, between Elm Street and Chestnut Court.

The week of September 16, the contractor will focus on the installation of the new electrical infrastructure at the four corners of the intersection of Elm and Chestnut Street. The contractor also expects to begin the installation of the concrete subbase for the brick paver areas.

The contractor is scheduled to work on Saturday, September 14, 2019 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, erecting the new pedestrian and roadway lights, and installing the junction boxes in the parkway tree pits.  

During these construction activities, motorists and pedestrians can expect periodic delays and potential detour routes.  Due to the limited space within the construction work area, and to ensure the safety of all users and workers, the Village asks for your patience and understanding and this project progresses. 

Contact James Bernahl, Assistant Director of Public Works and Engineering, with questions: jbernahl@winnetka.org, 847-716-3261.

A note about vegetation: the Streetscape project includes larger tree pits to promote tree health. In spring 2020, 21 new trees will be planted and a number of planters will be placed in the West Elm area.

Project Documents

 

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