Village of Oak Park announcements: April 18, 2013

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By Community Editor

Drivers urged to use caution

With rainfall totals approaching four inches in Oak Park, officials are urging motorists to use caution. As of 10:30 a.m. today, no streets had been closed, but Public Works crews are reporting standing water on many roads throughout the community. Crews are patrolling for displaced manhole covers and clearing blocked storm sewer inlets. Problems areas may be reported to 708.358.5700 or

Ridgeland to reopen, but Oak Park to close

The temporary detour on Ridgeland Avenue at Lake Street and South Boulevard is expected to be removed early next week, just as Oak Park Avenue is scheduled to close for work on North Boulevard. Oak Park Avenue traffic is scheduled to be detoured at Lake Street and South Boulevard from April 23 into early May. The Ridgeland closing is the initial stage of a project to replace a water main under Ridgeland Common. The Oak Park Avenue detour is part of a project to install new sewer and water mains on North Boulevard and Kenilworth Avenue. For more information on the projects call 708.358.5700 or e-mail

Earth Fest is Saturday

The Village's fourth annual celebration of green living - Earth Fest - is scheduled for 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sat., April 20, in the LEED Gold-certified Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. In addition to being a zero-waste event, this year's fest will offer residents the opportunity to drop off items that are not part of the regular recycling program, include blue jeans, glasses, hearing aids, prescription medication, compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs), cell phones, rechargeable batteries and corks. The Public Works Center also will be open for tours, allowing kids and parents to explore the snow plows, heavy-duty trucks and other equipment essential to public works services. Visit for more information.

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