LA GRANGE – Work has started in La Grange on replacing two village parking lots.
Because of work on one lot just east of the village hall, the weekly farmers market – held on Thursday mornings – is taking place on Harris Avenue, north of the village hall.
Crews started work last week on the lot at the southwest corner of Harris and Sixth avenues on the north side of the parking garage.
This week, work was scheduled to start on the parking lot at the southeast corner of Madison and Harris avenues, said Ryan Gillingham, public works director for the village.
“If you want to see what it looks like, we did a lot at Burlington and Brainard this way in 2013,” Gillingham said.
It’s also similar to the permeable paving system that’s in the parking lot at the Morton Arboretum, he said.
The idea is that the permeable pavers will promote infiltration of water to the soil beneath “and reduce the impact of stormwater on the sewer system,” Gillingham said.
The cost is $498,000. That includes demolition, engineering and installation, he said. The village is receiving funding from a green infrastructure program of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
During the work, the village is losing 16 parking spaces behind the village hall and another 45 at Madison and Harris. Fortunately, a partnership with La Grange Elementary School District 102 will make available alternate parking locations around Cossitt Avenue School. A map can be found on the village’s website.
“Some of the challenges with these are working in the central business district, the lots are heavily used and will displace some customers, but a temporary parking plan is in place,” Gillingham said.
The work is expected to take about six weeks.