Milwaukee Avenue will be seeing major changes next year, due in part to $4.8 million earmarked to resurface the street by the state.
The road is set to be resurfaced through Chicago, Niles and Glenview. The project will be open for bid in November or December and work is expected to begin in the spring.
Another project, the Milwaukee Streetscape Improvement plan, is set to finish around the same time in Niles. The two are said to be likely coordinated, according to Niles officials.
The streetscape plan is coordinated by the village of Niles and has been in the works since November 2013, with the goal of improving and beautifying Milwaukee Ave. The project is currently in its fourth phase, fixing up the stretch between Oakton Street on the south and Monroe Avenue on the north.
Pilat says that although it’s the last phase they have funding for, the village would still like to fix up the street north of Monroe Avenue.
The Milwaukee streetscape will be done prior to the resurfacing so that there is no interference, according to the village of Niles’ superintendent of engineering, Mousa Nazzal.
“The construction should go smoothly,” Nazzal said. “It’s important for the village because Milwaukee needs it … it’s in bad shape and the village supports it.”
Pilat says the two projects will make Milwaukee Avenue a more pedestrian-friendly environment, to provide safety and an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for pedestrians.