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Milwaukee Avenue Set to Reopen Friday After Year of Construction

By Patty Wetli | June 5, 2014 1:18pm | Updated on June 5, 2014 1:23pm
 Lane closures are set to end Friday on Milwaukee Avenue.
Lane closures are set to end Friday on Milwaukee Avenue.
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IRVING PARK — After nearly a year of construction, Milwaukee Avenue will reopen Friday to traffic in both directions between Addison Street and Irving Park Road.

Side street closures will also be removed.

The project, which included water main replacement, new sewers and the raising of viaducts, has been underway since July 2013. During much of that time, the southbound lane of Milwaukee has been blocked to through traffic.

Though the bulk of the work has been completed, residents can still expect occasional lane closures and parking restrictions through October as the Chicago Department of Transportation installs curbs, sidewalks, landscaping, streetlights and upgraded traffic signals, according to Owen Brugh, chief of staff for Ald. John Arena (45th).

CDOT plans to resurface the portion of Milwaukee between Kilbourn and the Kenton viaduct in July and August. Landscaping — the planting of parkway trees and the restoration of sod — is set for late September and October.

Brugh noted that Milwaukee was opening ahead of schedule, with major construction originally slated to wrap up in August.

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