Chicago, September 28, 2011. Chicago's Mag Mile begins the first phase of a much needed facelift today. Home to dangerous and unsightly potholes that multiply seemingly faster than rabbits, resurfacing Michigan Avenue is a must.
Unfortunately as with any construction project, delays and inconveniences are all in a day's work. The good news, the project should be completed by mid-November (or possibly earlier) and drivers and passengers can look forward to a much smoother ride this winter.
The street repairs will take place between on Michigan Avenue from Illinois Street to Bellevue Place and continue along the Inner Drive to Division St. The work will include the following infrastructure improvements:
• Removal of the old asphalt.
• Surface repairs and patching of existing curb and sidewalk damage.
• Adjustment of utility structures, such as manholes and catch basins.
• Installation of new asphalt and pavement markings.
During the project there will be 1 and 2 lane closures which will slow traffic but never completely close the street. Expect delays and parking restrictions.
The first two weeks of the project (from early- to mid-October) will involve the structural adjustments to the existing infrastructure (such as manhole covers and catch basins). This work will occur during daytime "off-peak" travel hours, typically between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:30 pm.
In mid-October, the existing asphalt will be removed during the evening and nighttime hours. Please note this work is typically noiseless, but residents may occasionally hear sounds similar to a muted lawnmower as this work progresses.
In early-to mid-November, CDOT will apply a newer, modern layer of asphalt to the street. Due to technological advancements in the asphalt composition, the result will be a surface of highly durable material able to withstand Michigan Avenue's significant traffic volumes with minimal maintenance costs.