The Lincolnwood Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining the village’s streets, vehicles, parks, public buildings, trees, alleys, water system, sewer system and more. The department is organized into five divisions including administration, vehicle maintenance, parks & building maintenance, streets maintenance, and water and sewer maintenance. All divisions work together on the snow & ice control program to ensure clean and safe roadways during the winter season. In addition to maintaining the existing infrastructure, the public works department manages the construction of capital improvements. Major projects in 2018 will include:
Touhy Avenue Overpass
Construction of the Touhy Avenue overpass began in fall 2017 and is expected to be complete in summer 2018. When complete, this new bridge will provide a safe means for pedestrians and cyclists to cross Touhy Avenue while using the Valley Line Trail.
This multi-use recreation path, which opened in 2016, connects existing paths in Chicago and Skokie. The bridge is intended to be a gateway feature for the community and will include a three-span, corten steel bridge structure, decorative lighting and landscaping. Additionally, the bridge will include a sign that reads “Village of Lincolnwood” on the center span.
Street Light Installation
New street lighting is planned to be installed along Devon Avenue between Lincoln and Longmeadow Avenues. The new lights will match existing poles that have been installed throughout the village’s arterial routes since 2010.
Additionally, lights along Cicero Avenue and McCormick Boulevard will be retrofitted with LED fixtures. LED fixtures consume less electricity and last longer than the existing metal halide bulbs. When the street lights that will be retrofitted were installed in 2010, LED fixtures were not allowed on routes controlled by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Since then, the village has installed LED fixtures on Pratt, Touhy, Lincoln and Crawford Avenues as well as on McCormick Boulevard south of North Shore Avenue.
With the completion of this project, new street lights will have been installed on all of the arterial streets throughout the village. Construction of the lighting is expected to be complete in the autumn.
Public Works Yard Expansion
Northeast Parkway was constructed in the early part of the last decade, which connected Lawndale Avenue to McCormick Boulevard, providing another means of access to the Northeast Industrial District across the, now former, Union Pacific right-of-way. In 2007, the village built out the existing public works yard with the intention of expanding onto the Union Pacific right-of-way after the land was purchased in 2015 for the construction of a multi-use recreation path.
This year the village will complete the project, which will include extending the existing brick wall, constructing permanent material storage bin and constructing a wall and fence around the water tower across the street from the back of the public works yard on Central Park Avenue.
For more information
If you have questions regarding the services provided by the Lincolnwood Public Works Department or the projects described above, call (847) 675-0888 or visit the village’s website at www.lincolnwoodil.org. The public works department at 7001 N. Lawndale Ave. is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.