Construction shuts down northbound Thatcher for five months in Elmwood Park

Heavy rains during a past storm caused flooding along Oakleaf in Elmwood Park. | Photos courtesy of Ted Gruber

Residents and other motorists who use Thatcher Avenue will be inconvenienced for a period of time while improvements are made along the road.

Starting Wednesday, work on the village’s Flood Mitigation Project will leave only one lane open to vehicle traffic. Northbound Thatcher will be closed to traffic starting July 23 and will remain closed throughout the duration of the project — likely until December.

For residents living next to Thatcher, officials say there will be brief periods when homes will not have running water while the contractor makes new connections to the water main. Residents in the affected area will be notified 24 hours before any water is shut off.

Residents whose driveways feed into Thatcher will also have limited access to them for a period of time. Before any extended interruptions, the contractor, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, will notify residents.

The construction project is expected to be finished by Dec. 12. Afterwards, there will be a new storm sewer in place, a new water main and the street will be totally reconstructed. There will be a curb and gutter on both sides of the street, as well as dedicated parking spaces along the east side of the street, which were never there in the past.

A decorative floodwall will also be constructed along the west side of Thatcher Avenue to prevent the Des Plaines River from overbanking.

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