Construction Continues Through September in Downtown Evanston

Traffic will be reduced to one lane between 8 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, due to construction work on 1800 Sherman Ave. downtown.

Construction sure makes driving downtown fun, huh?
Construction sure makes driving downtown fun, huh?

As if there weren’t enough construction going on already in downtown Evanston, drivers can expect more lane reductions this Saturday, Aug. 24. 

Traffic will be reduced to one lane between 8 and 11 a.m. as crews erect a crane at 1800 Sherman Ave., in order to hoist a new cooling tower onto the building, according to a press release from the city. 

The sidewalk along the north side of Clark Street and parking spaces between Sherman and Benson Avenues will be blocked off while work is going on, and parking spaces on the south side of Clark Street will be used for a single lane of traffic.

Wondering what else is going on, and when it will come to an end? Most construction projects going on downtown are expected to wrap up in mid-September. The city’s construction website lists several ongoing projects, including the following: 

  • Davis Street Improvements Continue: Crews are resurfacing Davis Street between Ridge and Hinman avenues, adding a protected bike lane as well as new sidewalks, brick borders and tree gates. The project is expected to wrap up in mid September.
  • Street Resurfacing Through Mid-September: Several streets are slated for resurfacing this year, including parts of Prairie, Prospect, Wesley, Foster, McDaniel, Dewey and Hartrey. Actual dates of construction will be noted through temporary “NO PARKING” signs posted 48 hours in advance.
  • Water Main Replacement Ongoing: Water main work began June 17 and is expected to wrap up the week of Sept 16. Work is being done on one part of each street at a time, in the following order: Lake, McDaniel, Central, Church, Wesley. 
For more details on construction projects, visit the city website.


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