LINCOLN SQUARE — Expect additional traffic around Lincoln Square and Andersonville as construction closes Foster Avenue through Friday.
Foster Avenue will be closed at Ravenswood for ongoing Metra bridge construction through at least Aug. 16.
Drivers using Foster Avenue are being asked to detour south to Damen, east on Lawrence and north on Ashland to Foster or south on Ashland, west on Lawrence and north on Damen to Foster.
Additionally, West Winnemac Avenue and North Ravenswood Avenue, under the Metra Bridge, are expected to be shut down from Aug. 19 through Aug. 30 for additional construction work, according to Ald. Andre Vasquez’s (40th) office.
West Balmoral Avenue and North Ravenswood, also under the Metra Bridge, will be shut down between Sept. 9 and Sept. 16 for bridge work.
The department of water management’s private contractor also began work to install new sewer main at the end of July.
The old sewer main dates back to 1891 and 1893, and needs to be replaced. The street is expected to be fully restored by fall of 2020.
The sewer main replacement is ongoing and will have crews working on the following streets:
• Ravenswood (west side) from Balmoral to Farragut
• Berwyn from Ashland to Paulina
• Paulina from Berwyn to Farragut
• Farragut from Ashland to Ravenswood (east side)
• Winona from Wolcott to Winchester
• Highland from Paulina to Ravenswood (east side)
• Hermitage from Highland to Thome
For the most up to date information on the project, residents can go to ChiStreetWork — an interactive map with information on construction projects, special events and street closures.
When a service line has been connected to a new water main, the city recommends residents flush their plumbing of any sediment, rust or metals, including any lead to maintain water quality.
Additional instructions on how to flush a home’s plumbing can be found here. A free lead testing kit can be obtained from the city by calling 311 or by filling out this online form.
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