Beginning in spring 2013, Foster Avenue from Kimball Avenue to Albany Avenue will be improved as the City renovates the streets with infrastructure upgrades and decorative elements. These enhancements are part of a comprehensive streetscaping project designed by the City of Chicago Department of Transportation in close cooperation with community representatives and your alderman. The project improvements will consist of numerous aesthetic and architectural elements, including decorative lighting, stamped crosswalks, permeable pavers, landscaped planters and community identifiers highlighting the North Park neighborhood.
• Parking lane resurfacing to improve drainage;
• New curb and gutter;
• New sidewalk with ADA ramps;
• Permeable paver parkways;
• Decorative benches, bike racks and waste containers;
• 65 new shade trees with tree grates;
• New decorative street lighting with energy efficient, metal halide “white” light;
• New North Park vertical community identifiers;
• Stamped crosswalks at Kimball Avenue and Kedzie Avenue;
• Sidewalk plaza treatments for commercial approach streets (Christiana Avenue, Spaulding Avenue and Sawyer Avenue);
• 10 Irrigated landscaped planters.
Throughout construction, Foster Avenue will remain open to motorists and pedestrians and access to businesses and residences will be maintained. In order to keep the street open to traffic parking will not be allowed in the area of active construction. In addition, there will be periodic parking restrictions on some side streets. The CTA routes will not be affected. For more information, please call the CTA information hotline at: (all Chicagoland area codes) 836-7000. The project is scheduled for substantial completion in late 2013.