Wilmette Avenue detours set for coming weeks

Work to increase sanitary sewer storage capacity along Wilmette Avenue is forcing detoursbetween Locust Road and Meadow Drive for eastbound Wilmette Avenue drivers. Detours are expected to last until roughly August 22, weather permitting. | File
Work to increase sanitary sewer storage capacity along Wilmette Avenue is forcing detoursbetween Locust Road and Meadow Drive for eastbound Wilmette Avenue drivers. Detours are expected to last until roughly August 22, weather permitting. | File

If eastbound Wilmette Avenue is part of your daily driving regimen, village officials are asking you to have a little patience for the next month as the latest phase of work on Wilmette’s ongoing $21.3 million sanitary sewer upgrade program forces traffic detours.

Since July 22, eastbound Wilmette Avenue traffic has been detoured between Locust Road and Meadow Drive in west Wilmette, officials said. To keep contractors safe as they work, other short-term, daytime road closures on Locust and on westbound Wilmette will probably take place from time to time. However, those closures will be kept to a minimum.

The village’s Public Works Department has put detour signs up for the eastbound rerouting, and will put closure signs up as necessary throughout the span of the project. Depending on the weather, detours and closures in that area should end around Aug. 22, officials said.

Wilmette’s multi-phased sanitary sewer improvement project, aimed at cutting sewage backups in thousands of Wilmette basements after rainstorms, began last year and is in full swing this summer.

Work on increasing sanitary sewer storage capacity along Wilmette Avenue and Hibbard Road is a major segment of the project, at a cost of $1.7 million. The latest phase began earlier this month on Wilmette Avenue west of Locust, between Locust and Sunset Drive.

Residents with questions or concerns about the latest phase of construction, or about the sewer improvement project in general are asked to contact Andy Witt at RJN Group, the consultant overseeing the project, at 630-258-4738, or at awitt@rjn.com.

DETOUR DAYS

WHERE: Wilmette Ave.

DIRECTION: Eastbound

BETWEEN: Locust Road, Meadow Drive

WHEN: July 22-Aug. 22, weather permitting

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