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.