Added Aug 01 2012
Just in case anyone hasn't gotten the word on this:
Foster Avenue Sewer Project
The Department of Water Management (DWM) will begin installing a new sewer in W. Foster Avenue, from St. Louis to Monticello. Foster Avenue will be completely closed to traffic, between St. Louis and Monticello during construction. The project is anticipated to begin on Tuesday, August 14 and will be completed in early October.
The old pipe dates back to 1928 and needs to be replaced. While construction is never convenient, this project will be a tremendous long term improvement for the neighborhood. The area bounded by Berwyn on the north, Carmen on the south, Monticello on the east, and St. Louis on the west will benefit from improved drainage and reduced risk of flooding.
Foster must be closed to traffic for reasons of safety. However, DWM personnel are aware that their work is inherently disruptive and are committed to working with local residents and businesses, to minimize the impact of this project.
Northeastern Illinois University traffic will be able to utilize their Foster exit, with one westbound lane remaining open until the first week of September. Traffic will be detoured to Lawrence, Kedzie and Pulaski. Foster Avenue CTA buses will be detoured to Lawrence, between Pulaski and Kimball.
All Foster Avenue businesses will remain open and accessible during the project. Car Fix Auto Center, which is located at the SE corner of Foster and Central Park, will be accessible from Central Park, which will be converted to a 2 way street, between Lawrence and Foster, throughout the project. St. Louis Avenue, between Foster and Carmen, will also be converted to a 2 way street. Parking will be stripped on one side of the street for these converted blocks, to provide the necessary width for 2-way traffic.
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