Thursday, August 30, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: A map showing the 19th Avenue infrastructure project’s limits. | Cook County
The villages of Broadview and Maywood were both selected to receive grant money from Cook County to fund critical infrastructure projects.
The grants were awarded through the 2018 Invest In Cook program, which identifies projects within the county that align with the county’s Long Range Transportation Plan.
The county granted Maywood $200,000 to help pay for roadway improvements along 19th Avenue, from Madison Street to St. Charles Road. The grant funds will pay for phase 1 engineering services, which include utility reviews, lighting analysis and an environmental survey.
First phase engineering work is scheduled to begin in January 2019, after the village approves an engineering agreement in December, and could last until September 2019.
According to a county project summary, 19th Avenue is “in very poor condition.” The street “serves as a collector route for Maywood residents and is also used by residents from neighboring communities as a north-south thoroughfare.
“It provides a connection between Madison Street, the Village’s main east-west residential street, and St. Charles Road, its main east-west industrial route where several key industrial businesses are located.
“Pace Bus Route 303 with 1,000 weekday riders operates along 19th Avenue providing direct connections to the Metra station and Melrose Park’s commercial district. The Village has recently submitted for formal approval to reclassify the street as a collector route, thereby making it eligible for federal funding assistance.”
The county granted Broadview $145,000 to help pay for the reconstruction of Braga Drive, a roadway that is located in the village’s industrial zone.
A map of the portion of Braga Drive that is scheduled for improvement (highlighted in yellow). | Cook County
“The existing roadway is deteriorated and in need of repair,” according to the county’s summary of the project. “New pavement and lighting will ensure safer travel and reduce delays in an already congested industrial area. Improvements will also be made to the existing storm sewer system to prevent roadway flooding and the outdated water main will be upgraded.
“The Braga Drive corridor is also connected to the Broadview Village Square commercial shopping district hence it also often carries truck traffic from the commercial shopping district seeking to avoid a nearby rail crossing.”
Information on when Braga Drive would be completed was not immediately available. VFP
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