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State Street repaving is first major re-do in Loop since mall was removed

Updated: August 22, 2014 9:46AM



Chicago’s iconic State Street will get a $650,000 face lift starting sometime after Labor Day, with repaving to conclude before the Chicago Marathon on Oct 12.

Repaving from Van Buren to Wacker should begin at some point after Labor Day — Sep. 1 — and conclude by Oct. 10, said a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Final thermoplastic markings must be installed by no later than Oct. 15, which is three days after the marathon. If necessary, temporary markings will be used.

The work represents the first time this stretch of State Street has been resurfaced since the State Street pedestrian mall was ripped out in 1996, said CDOT spokesman Pete Scales.

Contractor Bigane Paving will work day and night on the 3/4-mile project, Scales said, but asphalt grinders will be prohibited at night to minimize noise.

Scales emphasized that two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the work, although single lanes will occasionally be closed and some turns may be periodically prohibited.

Work includes removing existing pavement, adjusting utility manholes, and installing new asphalt and thermoplastic pavement markings.

The work is part of more than 100 miles of arterial streets CDOT plans to repave in 2014, Scales said. By the end of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first term, he said, nearly a quarter of Chicago’s 4,600 miles of street will have been resurfaced.

The Chicago Loop Alliance is hosting a community meeting about the work with CDOT officials and Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. The event is free and open to the public.

Chicago Loop Alliance President Michael Edwards said State Street has become “worn down over time” and “cut up” from utility work.

The work could not be done after the marathon, Edwards said, because paving plants close up for the season around Nov. 15. The Loop Alliance appreciates city efforts to complete the work before the holiday shopping season kicks off, he said.

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