The project is part of an ongoing downtown revitalization effort designed to enhance the commuter experience through improvements in both safety and aesthetics. Lower level platforms adjacent to the Burlington Northern tracks on both the north and south sides will be upgraded with a combination of paver bricks and new concrete, improved lighting, plantings, and improved seating. The geographic scope of work includes the train platforms located between Lawn Avenue and Wolf Road, as well as the adjacent (upper) walkways abutting the platforms.
When will the project begin?
The project was let by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) on January 20, 2017 and work is expected to begin in early spring 2017. More detailed information will be released as it becomes available.
How will this project be funded?
The project will be funded with Transportation Equity Act (TEA-LU) funds. TEA-LU funds are federal dollars that can be used by local government for pedestrian improvement projects. The total cost of the project is split 80/20 between TEA-LU and the municipality. In the past, Western Springs has utilized TEA-LU funding for the installation of sidewalk around Springdale Park and Forest Hills School.
What will the new platforms look like? The platforms are designed to meet the aesthetic of the Downtown Revitalization Refinement Project. The new materials being used combine the requisites of function, maintenance, aesthetics, and cost consistent with recent upgrades to the Tower Green. In addition to safety and beautification, another important objective is updating ADA accessibility requirements.
Will construction affect train access, parking, and pedestrian traffic?
The phasing of the construction schedule has yet to be determined. Additional information will be available once the Village attends a pre-construction meeting with the contractor. Access to the train on the west platforms (west of Lawn Avenue) will remain for individuals boarding the train in either direction. Some parking stalls on the south side of Hillgrove Avenue and the north side of Burlington Avenue may inaccessible during the construction period. Pedestrian access to the east platforms and the upper walkways will be limited during the construction period.