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New construction projects to impact downtown Clarendon Hills

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 10:16 a.m. CDT

CLARENDON HILLS – Two construction projects will impact downtown Clarendon Hills next month and the village is currently working with downtown businesses to determine how to mitigate the impact on businesses.

The first project is the repaving of the Metra Station parking lot. Last year, the village was awarded a grant from West Suburban Mass Transit to cover two-thirds of the cost of repaving the lot, which is in disrepair, according to a news release.

The work will involve the complete shutdown of the Metra station parking lot for about two weeks. The village is working with the owner of the vacant property at the corner of Walker and Park avenues for temporary commuter parking during the lot repaving. The alternative parking will only be available to individuals with Metra Station parking permits per the request of the property owner.

The second project, being conducted by BNSF, will close down Prospect Avenue at the railroad crossing for about 10 days. The village was recently made aware that BNSF has included this railroad crossing to a series of crossing improvements.

Work is expected to begin on or near Aug. 23. The work will replace the rubber pad with a concrete pad, similar to what was recently installed at Garfield Avenue in Hinsdale. Each of the three railway lines will also be closed in succession during this process. Per BNSF, there is no way to maintain even one lane of traffic during this process.

All vehicular traffic will be rerouted to Cass Avenue and/or Hinsdale during the project.

The village is hosting a meeting with downtown business owners at 9 a.m. July 29.

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