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Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford put together a timeline for construction on 123rd Street so that residents won’t be caught by surprise. PHOTO BY JEFF VORVA

Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford put together a timeline for construction on 123rd Street so that residents won’t be caught by surprise. PHOTO BY JEFF VORVA

123rd Street project gameplan offers clarity but little relief

By Jeff Vorva

Traffic in parts of Palos Heights will still be a nightmare this summer and fall, but at least there is a little more clarity as to what is being done and when.

During the June 1 city council meeting, Ald. Jack Clifford (2nd) predicted dire scenarios for motorists but didn’t have specific information until a few days after the meeting.

He was chafed when Nicor Gas began work without warning in April on 123rd Street gas mains. Residents were caught unawares. In an effort to avoid that happening again, Clifford came up with a construction timeline.

Nicor is scheduled to demobilize from the site by June 18, but local residents will not be out of the woods.

Starting Monday, Lindahl Brothers and its subcontractors will begin site preparation and mobilization for work on water mains and that work is scheduled through August.

The street will be open to traffic but there will be temporary closures. North and South streets along 123rd Street will also have temporary closures between Harlem and 76th avenues.

Some residents may lose access to their driveways during the day, but they should be notified the day before.

After that project, pavement removal and replacement is scheduled from September to October and 123rd Street will be closed with north and south streets having temporary closures.

Police, fire and the city’s trash company will be notified before the closures occur.

Restoration is slated from October through November with no closures anticipated.

Don’t blame Lake Arrowhead

In a correspondence with Palos Heights officials, Public Works Directors Adam Jasinski said that recent standing water on 135th Street near Ridgeland Avenue was not caused by a Lake Arrowhead project.

Jasinski said he met with an Illinois Department of Transportation supervisor and it was determined that a blocked stream and ditch on Cook County Forest Preserve property was the culprit.

He requested the Forest Preserve investigate the area to resolve the issue.

1 Comment

  1. Valerie duhig on June 11, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Have the mayor clean up all the trash off Harlem Avenue especially west side near lake Katherine and south especially on west side of Harlem entering ishanala! Does the mayor live here and walk the area! And since most of sidewalks are done when is the firm picking up and cleaning sites?



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