Hinsdale group to discuss Oak Street bridge design
Updated: November 20, 2012 3:24PM
HINSDALE — The community group that has been involved in the design of the new Oak Street bridge is scheduled to meet Nov. 28 to discuss aesthetic elements of the project. Construction of the new bridge, however, is still almost two years away.
The Oak Street Bridge Community Working Group will meet from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Village Board room of Memorial Hall.
The new bridge will be two lanes and about 23 feet high, which would be 3 feet higher than the existing one-way overpass, but “the aesthetic design of the bridge is still open for discussion,” Village Engineer Dan Deeter said.
To reduce the steep approach to the bridge, the intersection of Oak and Chicago Avenue will be raised about 10 inches. The change could affect the driveway access of homeowners who live on Oak between Chicago Avenue and the bridge.
“We have been coordinating with those parties and we believe we have working solutions for all access points,” Deeter stated.
Village officials have submitted “the draft preliminary plans” to the Illinois Department of Transportation and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad for approval, Deeter said. They will update the plans based on those agencies’ comments and then resubmit them for final approval.
He plans to start the design engineering phase as soon as possible in 2013, with construction beginning mid-year 2014.~.