Village of Oak Park announcements - April 1, 2013

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Village of Oak Park

Construction to close Ridgeland Avenue temporarily

Work to replace the water main under Ridgeland Common is scheduled to begin Mon., April 8, with a significant, but temporary impact on traffic. The initial stage of the project requires connecting the new line on Ridgeland Avenue at North Boulevard. This means Ridgeland will have to be closed near the construction site and traffic detoured to Oak Park Avenue and Austin Boulevard from April 8 - 15. The contractor will be installing electronic message boards north of Lake Street and south of South Boulevard on Ridgeland to alert drivers to the detour. Public Transit buses will be rerouted to Scoville Avenue.

Regular yard waste collection begins today

Collection of yard waste began today and will continue through November. Bundled brush no larger than two feet in diameter and four feet in length and yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, shrubs and vines will be picked up on regular collection days. A green yard waste sticker must be attached to each brush bundle, 32-gallon paper bag and rigid container. Stickers are available for $2.35 each from Oak Park grocery and hardware stores and the Cashier's Office at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Residents are urged to look for alternatives to bagging yard waste such as mulching mowers, leaf shredders or backyard compost piles. For more information, call 708.358.5700 or e-mail

State seeks input on bicycle plan via survey

The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking citizens to take a brief on-line survey as part of the effort to create the state's first bicycle plan. The plan is part of a program to extend the thematic vision of Transforming Transportation for Tomorrow to alternative modes of transportation. Click here to take the survey.

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