Work underway on Irving Park Road resurfacing

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Contractors are resurfacing a mile-long segment of Irving Park Road in North Center and Ravenswood, a project that is expected to take four months to complete. The work covers the area between the North Branch of the Chicago River and Ravenswood Avenue.

“The resurfacing portion, it’s full width from gutter to gutter,” said Eric Kohl, an engineer from Wight & Company, which is consulting with the Chicago Department of Transportation on the project, Block Club Chicago has reported.

The first month of construction will focus on replacing concrete curbs and ADA ramps.  After curbs are in place, the road’s asphalt will be removed and replaced over a two-week period. Crews will then spend about a month striping the street and installing new crosswalks and bus pads, the published report says.

As a candidate and since getting elected, Ald. Matt Martin (47th) has championed maintaining and expanding infrastructure for bikes and pedestrian spaces in the ward.

“It’s a pretty significant project, but one that I hope you’ll all agree is long overdue,” Josh Mark, Ald. Matt Martin’s (47th ward) director of development and infrastructure, was quoted as saying. “Our office is particularly excited with the investment of safety improvements that will be included.”

The road resurfacing project is starting as work to replace the 100-year-old Irving Park bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River is concluding, Mark said.

“I spoke to the contractor and he believes the the entirety of the project should be completed and back open around Labor Day,” Mark said. “They’re about to be in a position to open the bike trail under the Irving Park bridge. All they have left is some sidewalk work and installing the lighting.”

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