Rogers/Kercheval Reconstruction Project
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the work begin and end?
Construction is scheduled to begin the week of July 8, 2013 and to finish by October 31, 2013. Construction will take place from 7:00 AM-4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday, on occasional Saturdays.
Where will the project take place?
The project boundaries are from Kercheval Avenue & Kerbs Avenue to Kercheval Avenue & Rogers Avenue, then continuing on Rogers Avenue to Caldwell Avenue. Construction will stop West of the traffic circle at Caldwell Avenue & Rogers Avenue.
What will be the scope of work for this project?
· Full reconstruction of the street, including bringing the street to grade so that it is lower than the sidewalk level, as well as full resurfacing
· New curbs and gutters
· ADA accessible ramps
· Sidewalk reconstruction as needed
· New storm water catch basins
· Removal and replacement of existing driveway aprons, alley returns, courtesy walks, and carriage walks
· New street lighting
· New trees and new sod in the parkway
What kind of street access will residents have during this project?
· Residents on the block of 5600 N. Rogers will always have access to their homes.
· Residents on Rogers Avenue from Rogers & Kercheval to Rogers & Caldwell will not have access to the street at all times, and should park their cars on surrounding blocks of the neighborhood. Please call Alderman Laurino’s public service office at (773) 736-5594 to request guaranteed access in advance for important events, such as doctor’s appointments.
· Surrounding residents on Kenton Avenue, Kolmar Avenue, and Kilbourn Avenue will have access to their streets from Bryn Mawr Avenue.
· Emergency vehicles will have access at all times to the project area, regardless of whether or not work is in progress.
How will this impact traffic?
· Streets under construction are closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles
· Traffic warning signs will be placed at Cicero Avenue & Forest Glen Avenue, Peterson Avenue & Forest Glen Avenue and Peterson Avenue and Rogers Avenue to notify drivers that Rogers Avenue and Kercheval Avenue are closed.
· Temporary “No Parking” signs will let you know when to move your vehicle. Remaining vehicles will be relocated to the next available block so work can proceed.
Why is this project going to take place?
Rogers Avenue is an unimproved street that was originally built without curbs and gutters, and with minimal drainage facilities, which are now standard engineering for City of Chicago streets. Rogers Avenue is in comparably worse condition than other WPA streets. As a result, it has had standing water issues for years, and the street continues to deteriorate. Additionally, Kercheval Avenue and Rogers Avenue have had ongoing traffic safety issues. It is nearly impossible to install traffic calming measures on Rogers Avenue in its current unimproved state. The new construction will have engineered traffic calming measures to make Rogers Avenue safer for children and families.
What is the cost to residents for this project?
There will be no cost to property owners for these improvements.
Additional questions? Please call Alderman Laurino’s public service office at (773) 736-5594 and ask for Liz. We appreciate your cooperation and patience throughout the reconstruction process!