Group to hear report on Milwaukee Ave. project

The Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce will hear about planned improvements to Milwaukee Avenue at its meeting at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Gladstone Chiropractic, 5316 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Alderman John Arena and representatives of the city Department of Transportation will discuss about $1.5 million in pedestrian, bicycle and traffic safety improvements that are planned for Milwaukee Avenue from Lawrence Avenue to Peterson Avenue

Work is scheduled to start in the spring. Plans reportedly also are being made to extend the improvements on Milwaukee north to Elston Avenue.

Plans call for the installation of pedestrian refugee islands and new crosswalks, lane markings and bike lanes. The project will include sections of roadway where new bike lanes will run along the curb with the parking lane to the outside.

The intersection of Milwaukee, Austin and Ardmore avenues will receive improvements, according to Arena. Bumpouts from the curb will be used to shorten the distance for pedestrians to cross the intersection, and Ardmore Avenue at Saint Tarcissus School will become one-way westbound to make it easier for parents to students.

The intersection of Northwest Highway, Carmen Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue will be reconfigured in to improve traffic safety, and a pedestrian refugee island and a new crosswalk will be installed at the Jefferson Park CTA Terminal.

Arena has said that his staff will meet with Milwaukee Avenue business owners and that a community meeting will be held later this month.