Downtown Streetscape Improvements
Downtown Streetscape Project Postponed
For months, the City of Naperville has been working with its partners at the city, county, state and federal levels to monitor the global COVID-19 pandemic, implement practices to prevent its spread and take steps to keep residents and businesses healthy, safe and informed.
Due to the unique nature of this pandemic and the economic uncertainties that come with it, City officials, in conjunction with the Downtown Naperville Alliance, have decided to postpone the proposed Downtown Streetscape Improvements Project with no current plans for construction in 2020.
Updates about the project will be shared at www.naperville.il.us/dtstreetcape as they come to light. City officials have high hopes that our community will recover from this event and look forward to completing this project in the future.
Naperville’s downtown has been built with various standards and streetscape designs incorporated at different times throughout its history. Streetscapes have generally been improved on a development level with a handful of City-led projects, such as the 1978 Jefferson Avenue streetscape improvements.
The proposed project will rebuild sections of the downtown streetscape to standards endorsed by the Downtown Advisory Commission and approved by City Council on June 4, 2019. Work to begin the first phase of improvements is tentatively scheduled to begin in spring of 2020 and will include complete road reconstruction, streetscape work and utility and pavement upgrades for Jefferson Avenue, Main Street and Jackson Avenue. The new design will also change the existing angled parking on Main Street and Jefferson Avenue to parallel parking. These updates will improve pedestrian mobility, accessibility and safety in this area.
The start of construction is tentatively scheduled for April 2020, with a goal to complete construction by Fall 2020.
- Public Involvement
Public Input Session #1
TED staff, along with the project consultant Civiltech Engineering, Inc., hosted two public input sessions on Wednesday, September 4 to share preliminary designs for the Downtown Streetscape Project improvements and allow businesses and residents to provide feedback on their preferred design.
Attendees had the opportunity to review three preliminary project designs and traffic alternatives and share feedback with City and Civiltech representatives about their preferred options during the open house-style events.
Following the open house, City staff and the consultant will review the feedback received, which will be considered when choosing the preferred streetscape design.
Public Input Session #2
TED staff, along with the project consultant Civiltech Engineering, Inc., hosted a second public input session on Tuesday, October 29.
Following the first public meeting on Sept. 4, the consultant and City staff evaluated public comments and performed additional engineering analysis to develop a preferred alternative. During the Oct. 29 session, City and CivilTech representatives provided a brief presentation summarizing the process to date and design components of the preferred alternative. City staff and consultants were available to provide project details, answer questions and receive feedback. Feedback collected will be considered in the development of the final streetscape design and construction documents.
Those unable to attend the Oct. 29 public meeting session may send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 8.
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.