Parking deck work to last all of July

Work on the downtown parking deck continued this week, limiting access to sections of spaces as part of a project officials hope will be completed by the end of the month.

Phase two of the preventative maintenance work on the 4-year-old facility began Monday, according to George Peluso, Hinsdale’s director of public works, who said this portion is expected to be completed early next week, weather permitting.

“They’re primarily working in the middle areas of the upper and lower deck,” Peluso explained. “Contractors originally involved in the projects are involved. They’re all qualified contractors. Most of the work is related to preventative maintenance and things that come up as part of that.”

The village has posted a map on its website, under the “News and Announcements” tab to inform motorists of the closures. The parking stalls and drive lane on the northernmost and the middle parking lanes on the upper level will be most impacted by closures during phase two, and the upper level parking deck entrance ramp from the Washington Lot will also be closed. The Garfield Street upper entrance ramp will remain open.

On the lower level, the center parking lane and the westernmost parking stalls will be most affected.

Signs will be posted at the deck alerting drivers of the temporary changes, and motorists are asked to obey the signs and construction barriers.

Alternative parking options as work continues also are listed on the village’s website, including in the Washington lot, and in red permit spaces on Washington, Lincoln, Second and Third streets.

Peluso said phase three will follow, focusing on the northern portion of the upper deck, and is expected to take about two weeks to complete.

“Hopefully by the end of the July they’ll be done,” he said. “We want to get this all wrapped up by the time school activities get started again.”

Peluso said some of the maintenance work was planned as part of the village’s capital improvement plan, and other parts are covered under the construction warranty. He said his department has partnered closely with the police department to ensure motorist safety.

Rolling closures should be anticipated as workers may have to move around the structure at times, Peluso cautioned, but assured that spaces will be reopened as soon as possible.

“It’s been going as smoothly as we could expect,” he said. “Knock on wood by the time school starts it will all be wrapped up.”

Future updates will be posted on the village website.

Author Bio

Ken Knutson is associate editor of The Hinsdalean