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Curb Chat: Which Oak Forest Roads Will Be Fixed?

Ten streets in Oak Forest are scheduled for nip and tuck treatments during this year's construction season.

As the weather warms, that can only mean one thing for Illinois residents: road work season is officially right around the corner.

In Oak Forest, residents already know about the work scheduled to be done on Cicero Avenue in the coming months, but the city council also approved contracting Alpha Construction Company for $840,441.85 to work on 10 streets within the city.

"This year we've gone out to bid as we have traditionally with the road program," said Rich Rinchich, Oak Forest Assistant Director of Public Works. "Identifying roads that are the worst case priority across the community."

During the March 27  City Council meeting, aldermen approved the work on:

Road From To Craig Fieldcrest (Frontage Road) Henry Ann Marie Andeline Natalie Carriage Way Ridgewood Landings Fern Central El Vista Hickory 157th Charleston Ridgewood 151st Carriage Way LeClaire 151st 149th Tudor Victoria Essex Latrobe 159th 161st Lamon 153rd 156th

Rinchich said that the bidding came in $189,558.15 under the projected budget for the road work. Mayor Hank Kuspa said that the city got such a good price because of how early the city went to the bid process.

Rinchich added that with the help of a $250,000, grant there is still $250,000 in Oak Forest's Motor Fuel Tax fund that could be spent on an additional street or two in the city.

The work is expected to begin in the next five to six weeks, once the contract has been signed by both parties. 

Jane April 01, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I have not seen these roads, but, Oak Avenue between 160th Street and 162nd Street really needs to be repaired, more like refinished. It would be appreciated if someone would find the time to drive down it. Thank You PS Also, this town would look great if Cicero between 151st St. & 159th St. were refinished. This should be at the top of the agenda to get state help.
Jeff Graveline April 01, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Jane, IDOT is taking care of Cicero Ave. between 147th and 175th streets. More details are available here: http://patch.com/A-rX7z
Dianne McMaster April 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Has anyone been down Betty Ann Lane?? There are more holes and missing gravel, soon there will be no street left!!

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