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Downtown Streetscape

The Downtown Streetscape project addresses necessary infrastructure improvements to support Winnetka's business district in the long-term, including critical updates to water and electric services. Learn about the proposed streetscape improvements by reading the adopted Downtown Master Streetscape & Signage Plan (PDF) and read about the overall vision for improvements to our business districts on our Downtown Master Plan page.

Construction Updates

This year’s project consists of improvements on both sides of Elm Street between Green Bay Road and Chestnut Street as well as the north side of Elm Street between Chestnut Street and Birch Street. This work is primarily for the purposes of upgrading underground utilities, allowing our business districts to thrive. Following utility work, enhancements will be made, including reconstructed sidewalks, new light fixtures, trees, streetscape furnishings, and amenities. The contractor is expected to begin construction activities on Monday March 16, weather permitting, and the project is expected to be substantially completed by the end of June. Free public parking is available in the lot at Chestnut and Elm, adjacent to the post office, and will remain accessible throughout construction. Please support local businesses by shopping local both during and after construction.

Streetscape construction diagram
There are 19 trees located within the area of this year’s project. Of them, and in conversation with the Village Foresters, 6 trees will be protected during construction with the hope that they can survive the necessary underground work. Of the remaining 13 trees to be removed, 7 are Ash trees that either currently are or are likely to become infested with the Emerald Ash Borer. The remaining 6 trees to be removed are either in poor condition, or are in areas where utility and construction conflicts make the tree’s survival unlikely. Once work on Elm Street is complete, 8 new trees will be planted in larger tree pits with structural soil placed underneath the sidewalk. In addition, 21 new trees will be planted along Spruce and Chestnut Streets.

Streetscape phase showing tree install in 2020 and project location on Elm St.

 

Construction Update 3/19/20

The week of 3/16, the contractor began construction activities:

  • Parkway trees were removed along Elm Street
  • A new transformer was installed behind BMO/Harris
  • Electrical ducts were installed
  • Saw-cutting of pavement occurred
  • Storm sewer improvements began

The week of 3/23, the contractor will:

  • Remove curbing and half the public sidewalk on the north side of Elm Street, west of Chestnut
  • Install a new vegetative underdrain system
  • Install electrical conduit runs for pedestrian street lights
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