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Patient drivers needed in Hinsdale this summer, due to construction


Drivers in and around Hinsdale will find they can’t take some of their usual routes to and from the village this summer, as the town continues its stepped up construction program.

For much of the summer, the intersection of York Road and The Lane, the Oak Street bridge, Chicago Avenue between Garfield Street and County Line Road, and parts of West Hinsdale Avenue all will be closed to traffic at the same time.

Members of the village staff recognize this will present challenges for motorists, but the inconvenience is necessary if roads are going to be repaired and maintained, they said.

Village officials tried to schedule the construction to minimize the disruption to hospital, school and pool activities.

The first major project began Friday in and around The Lane School, and requires closing The Lane in both directions between Garfield Street and County Line Road. The road closure is expected to last until mid-August, depending on the weather.

The street is not only being reconstructed, but new water mains and some storm sewers also are being installed. Some of the existing infrastructure there dates from 1923, said George Peluso, Hinsdale’s director of public services.

Drivers accustomed to taking Garfield/York beween Hinsdale’s downtown and Ogden Avenue will have to detour around the intersection of York and The Lane, which is closed. The village posted detour signs directing motorists to use Ravine Road, Fuller Road or Minneola Street to reach Washington Street or County Line Road to go north or south.

The Lane School is not holding summer school classes.

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 Superintendent Don White said he knows from past construction projects the village staff does a good job of communicating its plans and coordinating with the school .

“We are glad the roads are being fixed,” White said. “A little bit of pain is worth the effort.”

The construction, which will last the longest and could create the biggest traffic headaches, is along Chicago Avenue. Scheduled to start Thursday and continue through the beginning of October, the project will include new water mains under Chicago Avenue, replacing sewers and manholes, and reconstructing the concrete road from Garfield to County-Line Road.

Concrete roads take longer to build than asphalt streets, but they also last much longer, from 40 to 50 years, Peluso said.

Crews will work first between Garfield and Oak. Then, in mid-July, the construction will extend west from Oak to County Line. Thus, there will be no access to or traffic across Oak Street bridge from mid-July until October. The exact date of the closure will depend on how the work progresses.

Drivers used to taking Chicago Avenue to connect with 47th Street when going to and from downtown Hinsdale and neighboring towns, such as La Grange and Western Springs or Chicago, will be directed to use 55th Street between Garfield and County Line to avoid driving through residential neighborhoods.

Peluso said the village staff has discussed alternate routes hospital employees, patients and visitors can use to reach the hospital, which is on the north side of the Oak Street bridge.

The biggest inconvenience will be to homeowners who live along the streets that will be reconstructed.

There are about eight houses on the north side of Chicago Avenue and about 20 houses on the south side where residents will not be able to use their driveways during construction, Peluso said. Homeowners along other streets that will be reconstructed will have similar problems.

Peluso said residents may be able to use their driveways at specific times, depending on what work is taking place.

The extensive construction was scheduled so the work can be completed in as short a time period as possible, Peluso said.

The third major street to be reconstructed is West Hinsdale Avenue between Grant Street and Monroe Street. Hinsdale Avenue runs along the south side of the BNSF railroad. Last summer, the section between Garfield and Grant was reconstructed.

Construction west of Grant will take place in two phases, so as to reduce the impact on swimmers at Hinsdale Community Pool, which is on Hinsdale Avenue between Madison and Monroe.

Hinsdale Avenue will be closed in both directions between Grant and Madison from June 18 through the end of July.

Then, once the pool closes during the week, Hinsdale Avenue between Madison and Monroe also will be closed to traffic until mid-September.

From Aug. 13 to Sept. 3, the pool is open only on weekends and Labor Day.

These and other infrastructure improvements this summer are expected to cost $14 million, said village engineer Dan Deeter.

Village Board members said, while campaigning for the 2017 election, the most common complaint they heard from residents was about the poor condition of the streets in the village. Consequently, village officials decided to accelerate the village’s multi-year capital improvement program by issuing bonds to pay for more projects each year.

After this year’s projects, the village will have repaved or rebuilt 54 miles of the total 66 miles of streets in Hinsdale since 2008, with the most work to be completed this year, Deeter said.

“People wanted us to fix the roads, so now we are fixing them,” Deeter said.

But that means residents and drivers will need patience to get around, Peluso said.

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