Bumpy Oak Park streets smoothed as raft of summer repairs begin


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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Sections of two major Oak Park thoroughfares reopened to traffic after being out of commission. But more closures are on the horizon, as the village kicks off its construction season.

Last week, crews shut down Garfield (from East to Home) and Marion (from Ontario to Chicago) to patch potholes and damaged sections along the stretch. Village Engineer Budrick said both streets were in dire shape, especially Garfield.

"It desperately needed it," he said. "A couple of times I almost hit my head on the roof of the car."

The concrete patching is part of a $650,000 contract approved by the village board in March. Last week, the same construction company, Schroeder & Schroeder, also began repaving nine alleys with concrete around Oak Park. Budrick expects that work to wrap up by the end of this month.

Asphalt streets will also get some love this summer. The village board approved a $130,000 contract on Monday to patch up about 50 blocks in Oak Park, along with a $300,000 contract to "micro-surface" about 30 blocks. That process involves applying a coating on top of the roadway that consists of crushed stone and liquid asphalt, which adds as many as seven years of life to a street, said Budrick.

Budrick wasn't sure exactly when the micro-surfacing and patching work would get underway, but said sometime this summer. Residents will be notified before crews get started, and should expect to have their blocks closed for one day.

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OP Observer from Oak Park  

Posted: May 19th, 2011 3:30 PM

Interesting that Oak Park actually sees the value of investing in its streets. According to the OP Ass. Manager, one would think the official Oak Park Policy is opposed to investing in roadways. More of the typical Oak Park attitude of covering its own while trying to sound oh so progressive in their anti-automobile stance. Hypocrites. OP funnels our money to pay lobbyists to oppose roadway construction. Note to Rob Cole - not everyone takes the el, walks or bikes. People drive.

DOOPER from Oak Park  

Posted: May 13th, 2011 10:04 PM

What a joke! Garfield needs to be completely redone all the way to Austin.

AL from Oak Park  

Posted: May 13th, 2011 5:06 PM

Just drove down Garfield between Home and Oak Park. They filled ONE spot. The ride actually feels worse- if that's at all possible. When is this street going to be taken care of? It's getting ridiculous that S Marion street is getting "beautified" when there are streets in Oak Park that are HAZARDS.

AL from Oak Park  

Posted: May 13th, 2011 6:45 AM

Funny how the village didn't deem it necessary to warn the blocks of south Home Ave that traffic would be redirected down their street. Would have been nice to have a cop sitting on the 900 block during rush hour to stop the reckless and irresponsible drivers from going 40 while all the kids were walking to/from school. Saw WAY too many close calls. They could have handed out over 100 speeding tickets per day the traffic was going down Home.

AlBerg from Oak Park  

Posted: May 12th, 2011 9:38 PM

How fast was Budrick going on Garfield when he almost hit his head on the roof of the car? When he shut down Garfield so there was no cross-traffic, why was the stop light still working on Oak Park Avenue? Great engineering or another effort to slow traffic in the Village!

J.oak park  

Posted: May 12th, 2011 6:02 PM

funny, i posted on the s. marion street redo about Garfield. Budrick should know that it is in dire shape all the way from Ridgeland west... good thing we are fixing part of it... Shall we wager on when they rip up the $650K worth of patches to redo the whole thing?

OP Resident  

Posted: May 12th, 2011 5:48 PM

The Village is going to spend less than 10% of the S. Marion St. budget to address some neighborhood streets. I know that TIF money is going to pay for the granite walks and brick street pavers set for the latest DTOP redo. But, would like to see the trustees to redirect a portion of their focus on the commercial districts and get working on the infrastructure problems in our neighborhoods. Too many of Oak Park's streets, alleys, sidewalks and curbs are crumbling away before our eyes.

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