Public works projects aim to ease traffic, parking

River Forest bid proposals for parking study and traffic lights

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By Maria Maxham

Staff Reporter

The village of River Forest is accepting bids for two upcoming projects, the 2019 Commuter Parking Study and the Lake Street and Thatcher Avenue Traffic Signal Project. 

According to River Forest Public Works Director John Anderson, the 2019 Commuter Parking Study is part of the Village Comprehensive Plan. An initiative that "seeks to understand the nature of current and future demand for on-street commuter parking throughout the village," it will include best practices for managing on-street parking. Issues such as how correcting a parking problem on one street could impact parking on another street will be examined. The overall cost is still unknown, and the process could take 4-6 months to complete. Bids will be accepted until Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

The Lake Street and Thatcher Avenue Traffic Signal Project, included in this fiscal year's budget in the amount of $133,000, will be completed before the end of the fiscal year on April 30, 2020, depending on material availability. Traffic signals at the intersection will include the addition of left-turn arrows for vehicles traveling north/south and east/west. Bids for the project will be accepted until Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at which time they will be read. As stated in the public notice to bidders, "Bid proposals for this project will be considered not only on the basis of cost, but also on past performance, experience and ability to perform the work."

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