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Improvements planned for Green Bay Road in Evanston as part of long-term project

Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune
by Genevieve Bookwalter

 Improvements planned for Green Bay Road in Evanston as part of long-term project

By GENEVIEVE BOOKWALTER

PIONEER PRESS |

FEB 04, 2020 | 2:39 PM

 

Evanston is looking to overhaul the Green Bay Road thoroughfare from McCormick Boulevard to Isabella Street with planned upgrades that could improve safety and ADA compliance.

City officials are in the early planning stages of the project, which should also improve pedestrian access at intersections and in the business district; upgrade and synchronize traffic signals; replace a water main; update the streetscape and resurface the road, according to a staff report.

 

City officials will hold a public informational meeting in February to learn more about what residents want to see in the project, said Ald. Eleanor Revelle.

Green Bay Road is a major north-south thoroughfare in north Evanston and runs through the Central Street business district. The Metra tracks run alongside Green Bay Road with a stop at Central Street. Pace buses also use the corridor.

The street is surrounded by businesses, residences and schools.

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For Revelle, the ADA compliance is one of the most important pieces of the project.

“There are a lot of aspects of the Green Bay Road corridor that are not ADA compliant,” Revelle said.

The northwest corner of the Green Bay Road and Central Street, for instance, requires stairs to get up to the sidewalk.

Fixing that stretch “will be really helpful,” Revelle said.

Early stakeholder meetings showed that businesses sought more pedestrian safety at intersections, on-street car parking and additional bicycle parking, among other requests.

The Phase I Preliminary Engineering Design Report should be complete this summer, and is considered to “be a good candidate” for Surface Transportation Program funding, administered by the Northshore Council of Mayors, according to the staff report.

The first phase of the project, which includes preliminary engineering and environmental studies, should be done this year, according to city officials.

The second phase, which includes contract plan preparation, should be done in 2021. Construction should take place in 2023-2024.

The next community meeting will be 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Evanston Ecology Center.

Genevieve Bookwalter



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