Construction on South Marion starts next week

Oak Park hopes street project will wrap up by Thanksgiving

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

A massive reinvention of the 100 block of South Marion will get rolling on Monday, June 6, leaving the block in a state of construction for the next six months.

The Village of Oak Park is investing roughly $5.5 million into the stretch between South Boulevard and Pleasant, adding brick streets, granite sidewalks and an overhead canopy of decorative lights. Officials hope the revamped street will tie the block to its neighbor to the north, where Oak Park did a similar project a few years ago, as well as enticing building owners to invest in their properties.

Village hall is also replacing the "aging" water and sewer lines under the street. Traffic and parking will be temporarily disrupted during construction, according to a village news release, but businesses will remain open.

The village board approved the project in a 4-3 vote last month, during a meeting that stretched on for five hours. At the time, village officials said they hoped the work would be done by Thanksgiving.

CONTACT: mstempniak@wjinc.com

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Diane Krstulovich from Oak Park  

Posted: June 3rd, 2011 12:03 PM

This will be a very exciting area to be upgraded. Looking forward to the extension of the award-winning block of Marion. It will be beautiful when it's done. Hope it will include more outdoor seating and bike racks!

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