The 2015 Budget for the City of Northlake contains funding for various infrastructure projects throughout the City.

Resurfacing will take place on Westward Ho Drive, Medill, the 300 block of Lyndale and the 200 block of Dewey in 2015.  In addition, the reconfiguration of the North Avenue frontage roads which was to have taken place in 2014 will proceed in 2015.  This project will provide additional parking on the north side from Lavergne Avenue to Wolf Road and the south side from Prater Avenue to Roy Avenue.  In addition, the frontage road on the south side of North Avenue, from Roy to Roberta will be resurfaced.

The Midland Trail, which currently runs from Fullerton Avenue south to Country Club Drive will be extended around the perimeter of Grant Park with an access point further west on Golfview Drive, and will also be extended through the King Arthur complex north to Creekside Park on Rhodes Avenue.  This work is being accomplished with a grant administered by IDOT which will cover 80% of the cost.

Also, work will begin on drainage improvements along Addison Creek with the excavation of several properties to increase the storm water capacity of the creek. The City is being assisted with these projects by the Addison Creek River Conservancy District which will fund half of the cost. Additional work is planned to mitigate flooding, but we will get a good start on this in 2015.

The 50 year old Prater Avenue Bridge over Addison Creek will also be replaced. I can still remember the wood bridge that the current bridge replaced when I was a young child attending St. John Vianney. 80% of this $550,000 project is being covered through a state grant for bridge replacement. The Roy Avenue Bridge is scheduled for replacement in 2016 and the Palmer Avenue Bridge is set for replacement in 2017.

We are looking forward to the new year.  Hopefully the winter will prove to be a little easier than last year’s record setting brutality.

May you have a safe, healthy and very happy holiday season.

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