Downtown Streetscape Improvements

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Long-awaited work to improve streets, sidewalks and utilities in portions of downtown Naperville is scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 1, pending weather or unforeseen circumstances. These updates will improve pedestrian mobility, accessibility and safety in this area while also ensuring downtown Naperville continues to be a must-see destination for residents and visitors for years to come.

Work will take place along Jefferson Avenue between Main and Webster streets and Main Street between Jackson and Jefferson avenues and is scheduled to be complete by the end of August. This work is part of the Downtown: Progress in Progress initiative that focuses on continued growth and improvements in the downtown area. Once complete, improvements will include wider sidewalks and more pedestrian space, more trees and plantings, updated street furniture and light fixtures and additional outdoor amenity areas for businesses.

The project will include phased work schedules that will close portions of the streets through the downtown. See below for phase details.

Phase 1: Phase 1 will focus on Main Street and is tentatively scheduled for March 1 - May 13. Work will include:

  • Remove and replace curb, gutter, driveway pavement
  • Replace sanitary services, install new drainage structures and storm sewer,
  • Replace water main and reconnect and replace water services
  • Remove and replace sidewalk
  • Install new lighting, electric, brick paving, planters and landscaping.

Phase 2: Phase 2 will focus on Jefferson Street and is tentatively scheduled for tentatively May 14 - July 15. Work will include:

  • Remove and replace pavement, curb and gutters
  • Replace sanitary services and install new drainage structures and storm sewer
  • Duct breakout work at Main Street and Jefferson Avenue
  • Remove and replace sidewalk
  • Install new lighting, electric, brick paving, planters and landscaping

Phase 3: Phase 3 will focus on Jackson Avenue and Webster Street and is tentatively scheduled for July 15 – August 26. Some of this work may also be performed in coordination with earlier phases. Work will include:

  • Remove and replace curb, gutter, driveway
  • Install new sidewalk
  • Install new lighting, electric, brick paving, planters and landscaping

Phase 4: Phase 4 will focus on the water main lining along Jefferson Avenue. This phase may run currently with all previous stages. Work will include:

  • Install new water main bypass and line water main along Jefferson Avenue and Webster Street
  • Remove bypass mains and reconnect and replace water service to lined water mains.

Phase 5: The final phase will begin after the completion of all other phases and will focus on final roadway surfacing and project cleanup.

Traffic Impacts

There will be significant impacts to travel in the downtown area during this work even with the phased approach utilized to minimize impacts. There will be no on-street parking or vehicle access on Main between Jackson and Jefferson and on Jefferson between Webster and Main during various work phases. Intermittent impacts and closures will be dependent on the work being performed.

Parking Impacts to Washington Street (updated March 16)

To better accommodate deliveries to businesses in the project zone while the streetscape work on Main Street is in progress, the on-street parking spaces on the west side of Washington Street between Jefferson Avenue and Jackson Avenue have been converted to a temporary loading zone from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday from March 16 to June 16, 2022. On-street public parking for passenger vehicles will remain available on Saturdays and Sundays. 

View a Map of the Impacted Area

Timeline

Phase 1 construction started on March 1. All work is scheduled to be complete by the end of August, pending weather or unforeseen circumstances. 

Public Involvement

February 22, 2022 Open House

The City of Naperville’s Transportation, Engineering and Development Business (TED) Group and the Downtown Naperville Alliance (DNA) hosted a public open house on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Representatives from the City’s TED Group, the DNA and the City’s engineering design consultant Civiltech were on site during the open house to provide display final design renderings, share project details, and answer questions.

Public Input Session #1

TED staff, along with the project consultant Civiltech Engineering, Inc., hosted two public input sessions on Wednesday, September 4. 2019 to share preliminary designs for the Downtown Streetscape Project improvements and allow businesses and residents to provide feedback on their preferred design.

View the September 4 Exhibit Boards

Public Input Session #2

TED staff, along with the project consultant Civiltech Engineering, Inc., hosted a second public input session on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

View the October 29 Exhibit Boards

Impact

These improvements will be phased to minimize disruption to the downtown business district and nearby residents. Pedestrian access to the businesses fronting the work zone will be maintained during normal business hours for the duration of the project. 

Information about specific impacts will be forthcoming when the design plan and timeline are finalized.