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Gladstone Park Gas Work, Street Resurfacing Could Spell Traffic Nightmare

By Alex Nitkin | April 14, 2017 5:50am
 Crews fix a gas main Monday at Francisco and Devon avenues
Crews fix a gas main Monday at Francisco and Devon avenues
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CHICAGO — Four separate gas main projects combined with a just-announced street resurfacing project are poised to turn the busy juncture of Elston and Milwaukee avenues into an obstacle course for drivers until at least June.

By the project's end, crews plan to replace more than 350 feet of decades-old cast iron pipes with newer plastic mains, according to an announcement from Ald. Margaret Laurino (39th).

In addition to the fork of Elston and Milwaukee, the projects will target the intersections of Milwaukee and Melvina avenues, Peterson and Melvina avenues, and Peterson and Nagle avenues. The work is projected to begin this month and be completed in "mid-June."

The street resurfacing, which will extend up Milwaukee Avenue all the way to Albion Avenue, will cause "temporary daytime lane closures" during "non-peak travel times," with a limited supply of on-street parking spots, according to state transportation officials.

Projected traffic and parking restrictions resulting from the gas work were not immediately available Thursday.

A map showing intersections where gas mains will be replaced between April and June. [39th Ward]