Schedule

The new Oak Street Bridge opened to traffic on December 1, 2015.  Final landscaping and decorative work is being completed in 2016.

August 8, 2016

The Village of Hinsdale is holding a silent auction of two of the iconic stoplights that controlled the one-way traffic over the historic Oak Street Bridge.  The auction will be held at the Uniquely Thursdays concert in Burlington Park on Thursday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in conjunction with the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce.  Proceeds from the auction will be used to purchase benches for the “pocket park” created on the southwest corner of the new Oak Street Bridge.

The Village’s silent auction booth will be located on Chicago Avenue between Washington Street and Garfield Street. Last bids will be accepted at 8:15 p.m., and the winners of the two stoplights will be announced at 8:30 p.m.  Bidders must be present to win.  In the event of a cancellation, the auction would be rescheduled for Wednesday, August 17 (the final Uniquely Thursdays performance of 2016).

The new Oak Street Bridge was substantially completed and opened to traffic in December 2015.  Landscaping and final decorative elements have now been placed, and the Village will be putting the finishing touches on the pocket park this fall.  Any necessary sod replacements will also take place at that time.

April 28, 2016:
Night work to remove wooden forms from beneath the new bridge is scheduled to occur the weekend of April 29-30, 2016. This work must be performed overnight, as it requires the closure of all BNSF tracks. Please direct any questions or comments about this overnight work to the Hinsdale Police Department's non-emergency line at 630-789-7070.  

April 26, 2016:
As part of the finishing work on the new bridge, the permanent fencing was installed this week. Landscaping continues, with plantings and sod to be placed in the coming weeks.
 
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April 19, 
2016:
Night work to remove wooden forms from beneath the new bridge is scheduled to occur the weekend of April 22-24, 2016. This work must be performed overnight, as it requires the closure of all BNSF tracks. Please direct any questions or comments about this overnight work to the Hinsdale Police Department's non-emergency line at 630-789-7070.  

Nov. 25, 2015:
The new Oak Street Bridge is scheduled to be open to vehicle traffic next Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Contractors are working to complete the final touches, with pavement striping and final signage being installed over the next few days. Decorative masonry work will be completed prior to the bridge opening,and the remaining concrete pours are scheduled for Monday, November 30. Landscape restoration will continue as weather allows, with final landscaping to be placed in the spring of 2016. Temporary fencing will be installed on the bridge until the final fencing is fabricated. The final fencing will be designed to match the style of the fencing at Hinsdale's Metra stations.


Nov. 20, 2015:
The last major concrete work for the new bridge is taking place.  The pavement leading up to the bridge from Chicago Avenue was poured this week, along with the west parapet.  A few pours remain, including the sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. Masonry work continues as workers apply the stone facing to the bridge parapets and retaining walls.  The east parapet is largely completed, with the exception of the columns.  Similar work will  begin on the west parapet as weather allows. Pavement striping and final signage is scheduled to be installed in time for the bridge to open to traffic on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Landscape restoration will continue as weather allows.

Nov. 6, 2015:
The new Oak Street Bridge continues to take shape, with the bridge projected to open the first week of December.  The bridge deck was poured successfully on Wednesday, November 4.  The next step of the bridge construction will be to pour the parapets and sidewalks on either side of the bridge. Masonry work on the retaining wall in Highland Park will also continue in the coming weeks. A major portion of the remaining concrete on Chicago Avenue was poured this week.  However, please note that Chicago Avenue will continue to be one lane with alternating traffic until the bridge approaches are poured. Concrete on Oak Street, including the bridge approaches, should be poured with the next two weeks. Landscape restoration along Chicago and Hillgrove Avenues is expected to begin on Monday, November 9.

Oct. 30, 2015:
North Oak Street from the new bridge to Walnut Street is now open to traffic to and from the main hospital entrance. Please note that North Oak Street and Hillgrove Avenue both remain closed to through traffic.  The intersection of North Oak Street and Walnut is fully opened, and the detour to County Line Road has been removed.County Line Road was resurfaced this week, along with portions of North and South Oak Street. Work also continues to progress on the north lane of Chicago Avenue, with curb installation scheduled for next week.  The north lane of Chicago Avenue will be poured after the concrete bridge deck has been completed.  The concrete pour for the main bridge deck is scheduled for next Wednesday, November 4. Landscape restoration along Chicago and Hillgrove Avenues is expected to begin on Monday, November 2.  Additionally, masonry work on the retaining wall in Highland Park is expected to begin next week.   

Oct. 23, 2015:
Early next week, Oak Street from the bridge to Walnut Street is scheduled to be reopened to hospital traffic in both directions. Traffic exiting thorough the hospital's main exit will no longer be routed down Hillgrove Avenue. Please note that Hillgrove remains closed to through traffic. Additionally, the intersection of Oak Street and Walnut will be fully opened and the detour through that intersection will be removed. County Line Road is scheduled to be resurfaced next week. Metra commuters who typically park along County Line Road will need utilize other available parking until the resurfacing operation is complete. 

Oct. 9, 2015:

Construction continues on Oak Street directly in front of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.  Next week, the hospital entrance will be shifted to the newly-constructed east lane of Oak Street to allow construction to begin on the west lane of Oak, through the intersection with Walnut Street.  Hospital patients and visitors can continue to access the hospital's main entrance via Oak Street, which remains narrowed to one southbound lane and closed to through traffic. The main hospital exit has been shifted through mid-October to route exit traffic east down Hillgrove Avenue.The south pier columns and cap for the new bridge have been poured, and the north abutment and cap will be poured next week.  The next step in constructing the bridge will be to erect the steel girders across the tracks.  This work may begin as early as the end of next week.  It is expected that some of the girder work will take place overnight. With Walnut Street closed at the intersection of Oak Street, access to the Seventh Day Adventist Church parking lot and the hospital's east parking garage is available via a posted detour, which runs along Hickory Street, County Line Road and Walnut Street.  The detour will remain in effect through late November.

Oct. 2, 2015:
The new Oak Street Bridge is beginning to take shape.  The south pier columns and crash wall for the new bridge were poured this week, and work continues on the south pier cap and north pier crash wall. Construction also continues on Oak Street directly in front of Hinsdale Adventist Hospital.  Hospital patients and visitors can access the hospital's main entrance via Oak Street, which is narrowed to one southbound lane.  Oak Street remains closed to through traffic. The main hospital exit has been shifted through mid-October to route exit traffic east down Hillgrove Avenue. A portion of Walnut Street east of Oak Street remains closed, and a detour is in place through late November. Access to the Seventh Day Adventist Church parking lot and the hospital's east parking garage will be available via the detour, which runs along Hickory Street, County Line Road and Walnut Street. Signal-controlled traffic on Chicago was switched to the south lane this week.  Work in the north lane began with the removal of pavement and the installation of underground utilities.  Please be aware of this shift in traffic patterns and follow all posted signage.


Sept. 25, 2015:

Beginning this week, a portion of Walnut Street is closed east of Oak Street. New utilities will be installed, with crosswalks and new pavement to follow.  Access to the Seventh Day Adventist Church parking lot and the hospital's east parking garage will be available via the detour, which runs along Hickory Street, County Line Road and Walnut Street.  The detour will remain in effect through late November. Construction continues on Oak Street directly in front of Hinsdale Adventist Hospital.  Hospital patients and visitors can access the hospital's main entrance via Oak Street, which is narrowed to one southbound lane. Oak Street remains closed to through traffic. The main hospital exit has been shifted through mid-October to route exit traffic east down Hillgrove Avenue. With construction on the south lane of Chicago Avenue largely complete, signal-controlled traffic on Chicago is set to be switched to the south lane on Saturday, September 26, dependent on the weather. Please be aware of this shift in traffic patterns and follow all posted signage.

Sept. 18, 2015:
Due to paving operations, the main exit of Hinsdale Adventist Hospital will be closed from the afternoon of Friday, September 18 until the morning of Monday, September 21. For this period, the entrance to the hospital parking garage will remain open, and patients and visitors are asked to use Elm Street to exit from the parking garage. Reconstruction work is also set to begin on the east half of Oak Street, between the bridge and Walnut Street.  Please follow the posted detour routes. Due to the work on this portion of Oak Street, the hospital's main exit will be shifted through mid-October to route exit traffic down Hillgrove Avenue.  Oak Street will remain open to traffic entering through the hospital's main entrance.  Access to the hospital's employee/east parking garage will be maintained from Walnut Street for the duration of the project. The paving of Hillgrove Avenue has been completed; however, the street will remain closed to regular traffic and Metra parking until work is complete on Oak Street. With construction on the south lane of Chicago Avenue largely complete, signal-controlled traffic on Chicago is set to be switched to the south lane on Tuesday, September 22, dependent on the weather. The final post of the old Oak Street Bridge was removed this week. Construction continues on the south pier of the new bridge.  Piles will be driven for the north pier and abutment in the next week. 

Sept. 11, 2015:
The paving of Hillgrove Avenue is set to happen in two phases over the next week.  Weather permitting, paving of the north half of Hillgrove Avenue is scheduled to begin Saturday, September 12, with the south half beginning Tuesday, September 15. The north side of Chicago Avenue was paved this week. Traffic will be switched to the north lane once the pavement cures and crosswalks are constructed.  The switch is expected to take place on or about Friday, September 18, and residents are asked to stay alert for the change in traffic pattern.Pile driving was completed this week for the south pier of the new bridge. The crane will now be moved to the north side of the railroad tracks and pile driving on the north abutment and pier will begin. 

Sept. 4, 2015:
Paving of the south lane of Chicago Avenue is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, weather permitting.  Residents can expect some delays on Chicago Avenue as trucks are backed into the site. Once the south side of the street is paved, signal-controlled traffic will be shifted to the newly-paved lane while work is performed on the north side of Chicago Avenue.  The paving of Hillgrove Avenue is set to follow. As a reminder, Hillgrove Avenue remains closed to vehicle traffic, and South Oak Street near the bridge site is designated as resident-only parking. Pile driving continues for the south pier, to be followed by pile driving for the north abutment after the crane is moved early next week. Work also continues at the hospital entrances.

Aug. 28, 2015:
The bridge was removed as planned on the morning of the August 25. Pile driving will begin again next week on the new south pier as soon as the remainder of the old south pier is removed. Pile driving operations for the south pier are expected to take two days. As a reminder, pile driving is a necessary but loud process for constructing the new structure. Pile driving operations will be limited to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, to minimize the disturbance of residents. Work continues on both Hillgrove Avenue and Chicago Avenue. Over the next few weeks, both Hillgrove and Chicago will be paved. However, Hillgrove Avenue will remain closed to vehicle traffic, and Chicago Avenue will continue to be one lane traffic, controlled by traffic signals at each end.

Aug. 21, 2015:
Bridge removal began this week with the removal of the wooden walkway and asphalt over the original wood deck. On Tuesday, August 25 from 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m., the center span of the Oak Street Bridge is scheduled to be removed. The overnight lift corresponds to the time when train traffic is at a minimum. The center span will be lifted in one piece with a 600 ton crane. The crane will be erected August 24 and removed from the site after the lift. It is anticipated that while there will be some activity and additional lights in preparation for the removal, overnight noise should be minimal. Interested residents are encouraged to watch from the Highlands Station platform. Pile driving will continue into next week for the south abutment of the new bridge. As a reminder, pile driving is a necessary but loud process for constructing the new structure. Pile driving operations will be limited to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, to minimize the disturbance of residents. The second and final stage of the pile driving will be completed shortly after the existing bridge is removed. Curb and gutter will be installed on Chicago Avenue next week with pavement to follow. The paving of Hillgrove Avenue will occur approximately one week after the bridge demolition.  

Aug. 14, 2015:
The final retaining wall panels on Oak Street and the underground work on Chicago Avenue were completed this week. Next week the contractors will finish preparing the south half of Chicago Avenue for pavement.  This pavement work will begin with the installation of curb and will be followed by concrete pavement. As early as August 19, pile driving operations will begin.  Pile driving is a necessary, but loud, process for constructing the new structure.  Pile driving operations will be limited to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, to minimize the disturbance to residents.  A total of 24 piles at four locations will be driven to support the weight of the new bridge.  It is expected that this work will take a total of 10-15 work days, but may not be continuous.  Only 6 of the 24 piles can be driven at this time, with an expected duration of two days.  The remainder will be driven shortly after the existing bridge is removed.  

Aug. 7, 2015:
BNSF has approved the bridge demolition plan submitted by the Village’s contractors.  However, a demolition date is still to be determined.  This date depends on a variety of factors, including BNSF scheduling and equipment availability.  An update will be sent once a firm date has been established. This week, sidewalk work began on Hillgrove Avenue. Expect street grading work to follow.  Pavement will be completed on Hillgrove after the demolition of the bridge.  Additionally, work continues on the south side retaining wall near Highland Park.  When completed, this wall will be covered with decorative stone that will complement the Highlands Metra Station. Please note: that the Hinsdale Police Department has designated South Oak Street from First Street to Chicago Avenue as resident-only parking for the duration of the Oak Street Bridge project.  This was done to ensure that construction parking is not concentrated on this block and to allow residents the opportunity to park in front of their homes.  Non-residents are asked to find parking on alternate streets if visiting the area.

July 31, 2015:
This week, curbs and gutters were poured along Hillgrove Avenue.  Pavement will follow, although that work will likely be performed after the old bridge is removed.  Additionally, work has begun on the retaining wall south of the bridge (near Highland Park), and storm sewer work continues on Chicago Avenue.  

As a reminder, the compact nature of this project site makes it difficult for trucks to deliver and remove materials to and through the job site efficiently, occasionally causing delays and idle equipment.  Thank you for your understanding.

July 17, 2015:
The installation of storm sewer and water main on Chicago Avenue will continue next week. Construction will also begin on the retaining wall on Oak Street, South of the bridge. The contractor will continue preparing Hillgrove Avenue for pavement. The vacant house located at 14 N. Oak Street should also be demolished next week.

July 10, 2015:
The installation of storm sewer and water main on Chicago Avenue will continue next week. The contractor will also continue preparing Hillgrove Avenue for pavement.  Additionally, due to BNSF scheduling, the projected date for removal of the old Bridge has been changed to Sunday, August 2.

July 2, 2015:
The installation of storm sewer and water main on Chicago Avenue will continue next week.  Watch for trucks entering and exiting the site during construction.  The contractor will also continue preparing Hillgrove for pavement. No work is planned for Friday July 3.  Work will resume on July 6.

Additionally, Pirtano Construction is currently installing new water main on Chicago Ave and Oak St.  They will be making connections to the Village’s water system on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.  In order to make the connections, the existing main will need to be shut down.  The shutdown will begin at 9 AM and will be completed by 3 PM.  

Once the connection is complete, residents will need to bleed the air out of their interior plumbing by removing the faucet screens and running the water for a few minutes.  Once the air is flushed from the faucet, you may then flush the toilets.  DO NOT FLUSH ANY TOILETS UNTIL THE AIR IS BLED OUT OF THE FAUCETS.  If you experience a loss in water pressure, please contact our office to schedule a meter inspection. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Please contact the Village of Hinsdale Engineering Department at adiaz@villageofhinsdale.org or call 630-789-7029 with any questions or concerns.

June 26, 2015:
On June 24, temporary traffic signals were installed on Chicago Avenue between Orchard and South County Line Road.  Pavement removal and the installation of storm sewer will begin on Chicago this week. PirTano will continue installing water main and storm sewer on Hillgrove Avenue.  

June 23, 2015:
As part of the Oak Street Bridge Replacement Project, Chicago Avenue between South County Line Road and Orchard Place will be reduced to one lane for the next two to three months.  Please see this page for details.

June 19, 2015:
Inclement weather caused some delays this week, although the project remains on schedule.  Next week, installation of water main and storm sewer on Hillgrove Avenue will continue.  Expect periodic one way traffic on Chicago Avenue next week as PirTano prepares for the installation of water main on Chicago Avenue. Beginning June 24, temporary traffic signals will be installed on Chicago Avenue between Orchard and South County Line Road.  Temporary traffic signals will be in place for approximately two to three months while water main and storm sewer is installed and the roadway is reconstructed.  The installation of the temporary traffic signals will also necessitate the closure of access to Chicago Avenue from South Oak Street.

June 12, 2015:
Installation of water main and storm sewer on Hillgrove Avenue will continue next week.  Expect periodic one-way traffic on Chicago Avenue next week as PirTano prepares for the installation of water main on Chicago Avenue. 

June 5, 2015:
Storm sewer work was completed this week on North County Line Road.  Water main work will begin on Hillgrove Avenue next week.  Expect Pirtano, a sub-consultant to Kenny Construction, to begin water main work on Chicago Avenue as early as next week.  This will mean periodic one-way traffic on Chicago. Please remember to slow down in work zones, obey all traffic signage and be on the lookout for flaggers and workers in these areas. Finally, Nicor relocation work at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Oak Street should be complete next week.  Nicor's specific schedule for next week is as follows, although adjustments may be necessary due to weather or other events:

  • Monday 6/8/15: Schedule tie-in to liven new 8” main and retire existing 8” main.
  • Tuesday 6/9/15: Backfill/compaction of all open excavations and clean up.
  • Wednesday 6/10/15: Move out of project. (Will need to return to Hillgrove once water main is installed.)

May 29, 2015:
Pavement removal continues on Hillgrove Avenue and Oak Street south of the Bridge. Storm sewer work began May 28 at the intersection of Walnut and North County Line Road and will continue down North County Line Road next week. Nicor relocation work at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Oak Street will mean periodic one-way traffic on Chicago. Please remember to slow down in work zones, obey all traffic signage and be on the lookout for workers in these areas.

May 22, 2015:

The detour for Oak Street Bridge went into place on Tuesday, May 19. Pirtano Construction has begun removing pavement on Hillgrove Avenue and Oak Street, south of the bridge. Removal will continue on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.  Storm sewer work is expected to begin Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the intersection of North County Line Road and Walnut Avenue.

May 15, 2015:

Oak Street between Walnut and Chicago Avenues will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 19.  Access to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital on Oak Street will be maintained during construction.  Hillgrove Avenue will also be closed between Oak Street and County Line Road beginning Tuesday, May 19.  Pedestrian access to the Highlands Station will be maintained throughout construction. Additional commuter parking is available on County Line Road both north and south of the railroad tracks. Nicor will be completing utility relocation work on Chicago Avenue beginning Monday, May 18.

May 13, 2015:
The Village's General Contractor on the Oak Street Bridge Project has provided this schedule overview of the project, which is projected to be substantially complete on or about December 1, 2015.  Please refer any questions to Todd Destree, Project Manager at HR Green, at 815-759-8317 or tdestree@hrgreen.com.  

May 8, 2015:
At the pre-construction meeting of May 8, 2015, it was determined that Oak Street Bridge will be officially closed for the duration of the project on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.  Detours and parking bans go into effect on Tuesday, May 19.  Please visit this page for details. 

M
ay 5,
2015:
The Village of Hinsdale will be hosting an Informational Open House related to the Oak Street Bridge Project on Monday, May 11 at 6:00 PM at Memorial Hall, located at 19 E. Chicago Avenue in downtown Hinsdale. At this meeting, the Village should be in a position to share in greater detail the projected schedule for the project, which will be determined during the IDOT meeting referenced below.

April 23, 2015:

The pre-construction meeting for the Oak Street Bridge Project is tentatively scheduled by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for Friday, May 8, 2015.  The contractor, Kenny Construction, will provide their initial construction schedule at that meeting.  Once the initial schedule is established, the Village and its contractors will provide notice of the date of the bridge closure through multiple channels to ensure that impacted residents are given time to prepare.

Prior to Kenny Construction starting their work, public utility companies, including ComEd, Nicor, Comcast and AT&T, may be working in the area to relocate their lines.  These companies are responsible for notifying residents within the project limits of the timing of this work.