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Glencoe City Council approves 30-block Lincoln Park project

After more than three years of planning and designing, the second of a three-phased comprehensive street improvement plan received approval from the Glencoe City Council Monday night on a 4-1 vote. Council Member Allen Robeck voted no.
The reconstruction project involves a 30-block area round Lincoln Park and could begin in late April or early May. The project is expected to be substantially completed in November. The final layer of street bituminous will be completed in June 2016.
Justin Black, city consulting engineer with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), said the first phase of the work was completed in 2014 with street surface improvements throughout the western third of Glencoe. But this year’s work involves more extensive reconstruction of streets and upgrading of underground sewer and water lines around Lincoln Park, one of the oldest sections in the community.
He said work on a comprehensive street improvement plan began with a street inventory in 2011, which received City Council approval in June 2012. A public hearing of the Lincoln Park work was held in October, Black said.
From that hearing and other public neighborhood meetings, Black said most sidewalks in that area were deleted from the plan, except for the east side of DeSoto Avenue that leads to the walk bridge over Highway 212. Also eliminated from the plans was a proposed trail system. Black said SEH has been working at ways to save costs on the project, “but not cut corners.”
The plans call for the removal of about 30 trees, and Black said most of those will either be damaged by the street reconstruction or are diseased.
Once bids are opened, the City Council has planned an assessment hearing for residents in the project area. That hearing, set for March 16, will give property owners a clearer idea of their actual assessments.
If bids, which will be opened Feb. 26, come in at a favorable level, two alternates will be considered for the 2015 work. Both involve the lining of existing sanitary sewer lines south of Buffalo Creek.

For more, see the Feb. 4 print edition of The Chronicle.