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- Damen / Elston / Fullerton Intersection Project
- Halsted Bridge Reconstruction
- Installation of a New Tumbling Basin
- Kenmore Ave. and Belden Ave. Water Project
- Kingsbury Reconstruction
- Lincoln Ashland Belmont Intersection Improvement
- Lister Avenue Reconstruction
- METRA-UP North Line Bridge Reconstruction Update
- New Water & Sewer Main Installation- N. Hoyne (W. Walton- W. Cortez)
- New Water Main Installation N. Leavitt/ W. School/ N. Hamilton/ W. Roscoe
- New Water Main Installation- N. Bosworth (W. Wrightwood – W. Diversey)
- New Water Main Installation- N. Rockwell ( W. Logan- W. Fullerton)
- New Water Main Installation- N. Surrey (W. Fullerton- W. Altgeld); W. Montana (Racine to Surrey)
- New Water Main Installation- N. Western ( W. Diversey- W. Roscoe)
- New Water Main Installation- W. Diversey (N. Racine- N. Sheffield)
- New Water Main Installation- W. Oakdale/ W. George/ W. Wolfram (N. Honore- N. Damen)
- New Water Main Project- N. Oakley from W. Addison to W. Cornelia
- Sewer Installation on N. Oakley from W. Fullerton to W. Belden
- Sewer Installation on Seminary (Lill to Lincoln)
- Water Main Installation – Bloomingdale Ave. (Damen Ave.- Wood St.)
- Water Main Installation – N. Southport (Fullerton to Webster)
- Water Main Installation on W. Nelson St. from Ravenswood to Ashland
- Water Main Installation W. George Street, from N. Lakewood Avenue to N. Halsted Street
- Water Main Installation Western Avenue Project
- Water Main Installation- N. Leavitt (W. Addison- W. Belmont)/ W. School (N. Leavitt- N. Hoyne)/ N. Hamilton (W. Addison-W. School)/ W. Roscoe (N. Hamilton-N. Leavitt)
- Water Main Installation- W. Altgeld from W. Wrightwood- N. Marshfield
- Water Main Installation- W. Barry ( N. Southport- N. Kenmore)
- Water Main Installation- W. Fletcher (Ravenswood to Paulina)
- Water Main Installation- W. Oakdale ( N. Lakewood- N. Seminary)
- Western Avenue Corridor Improvement Project
- Kingsbury & Lakewood Railroad Spurs
Damen / Elston / Fullerton Intersection Project
CDOT plans to open the new Elston alignment in early summer 2016. Work on the existing streets will start late spring and continue through the rest of the year. Final completion, including resurfacing, sidewalk replacement and landscaping will be completed in 2017. The following are updates about individual segments of the three arterial streets and work that will continue leading up to the construction of the new Elston segment scheduled to begin in early spring 2016.
Damen Avenue and Fullerton, west of Damen
People’s Gas and AT&T will continue to relocate their facilities through this area to prepare for new watermain installation scheduled for late spring. Traffic will be impacted on both Damen and Fullerton, with daily off-peak lane closures. However, at least one lane will be maintained in each direction. Work has begun south and west of the intersection, and will progress to the north and east.
Fullerton, east of Elston
CDOT’s contractors will continue sewer work in Fullerton where the new Elston alignment will eventually cross. The current traffic configuration (south lanes closed, all traffic pushed north) will remain in place through April.
Elston, south of Fullerton
Pavement has been patched and the lanes restored.
Elston Avenue, north of Fullerton
ComEd has some minor relocation work (+/- 2 weeks) to complete in Elston, starting in March. Otherwise, all lanes should remain open north of the intersection through the rest of the winter.
I am pleased to announce that the intersection of Damen, Elston, and Fullerton is undergoing a complete redesign. This intersection consistently ranks among the most congested and accident prone in the City. I have been working with the Chicago Department of Transportation and the surrounding neighborhoods since 2007 to design and fund significant safety and efficiency improvements.
The plan includes the rerouting of Elston Avenue around the existing six corner intersection with Damen and Fullerton. Analysis of other alternatives, including a tunnel or flyover, revealed them to be less effective and more expensive than this option.
This proposed project will significantly improve traffic safety and capacity and involves the acquisition of only a handful of properties and no displacement of any existing residences.
The benefits of the proposed project include:
- Improved access to adjacent properties and businesses
- Elimination of the six-legged intersection will reduce driver confusion and accidents
- Majority of construction is off existing alignment minimizing traffic impacts during construction
- Improved conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists
- One year construction schedule
- Avoidance of utility relocations and traffic lane reductions involved in a tunnel approach
There will be periodic lane closures associated with this intersection improvement project. Drivers should anticipate increased congestion in the area surrounding the intersection. I will be working with the Chicago Department of Transportation to provide updates and mitigate construction related issues as they may arise.
The Chicago Department of Transportation developed an informational piece summarizing the project, Damen Elston Fullerton Flyer
Prior reports and project information:
DEF Plan 030912 (pdf)