Sidewalk Reconstruction Underway
By Village Manager Phil Kiraly
Construction season in Glencoe may be in full swing, and this year, that means work on sidewalks in many areas in the community. Along with roadway resurfacing, you’ll notice sidewalk reconstruction happening throughout the community as we have a healthy stock of sidewalk panels and curb ramps that need replacing—mostly due to heavy foot traffic and natural settling.
Sidewalk replacements are coming in two forms this year: first, through the Sidewalk Replacement Program which replaces broken, settled or otherwise dangerous sidewalk panels. This year this amounts to an approximate $100,000 investment which equates to over 13,400 square feet of new sidewalk. View the 2017 sidewalk replacement map here.
Secondarily, as part of our Street Resurfacing Program, the use of Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds for pavement resurfacing requires that sidewalks and intersections meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards when they are adjacent to projects that use MFT funds. Sometimes these sidewalk ramps and panels may look to be in pretty good shape, however the ADA requires that ramps be of a certain grade and be installed with a tactile panel near the street for those with vision impairment. Earlier this week, the Village’s contractors started on these street resurfacing-adjacent curb ramp projects and with 22 streets and one alley being resurfaced this summer, you can expect to see multiple intersections with curb reconstruction. View the street replacement project map here.
With so many projects underway, it’s likely that you’ll likely encounter sidewalk sections under construction in your neighborhood or on your regular dog-walking or jogging route for the next few weeks. We thank you for your patience as our contractors work their way through the community. To help residents keep up on all these projects, I encourage you to register for Glencoe CONNECT and to specifically add your cell phone and e-mail as contact methods as those are the methods we use for our Weekly Construction Updates. Look for our project signage in work zones as well which provides general contact information should you have questions or concerns about work zone conditions.
Of course, you can always share questions, comments, compliments or concerns about these projects to the Public Works Department at (847) 835-4111.