State Street

Shoppers walk along State Street. (Brian Cassella/ Chicago Tribune / July 11, 2013)

Commuters, brace yourselves. You might want to avoid State Street downtown next month.

A $650,000 State Street resurfacing project from Van Buren Street to Wacker Drive will begin next week.

The project, which is paid for using federal and state funds, is expected to be completed in time for the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 12.

During that time, only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction to be used by buses, cars and taxis. Sidewalks will not be closed to pedestrians.

Last repaved in 1997, State Street was due for a facelift.

"There are potholes, but it's moreso the wear and tear from all the traffic up and down it, in particular the buses that use it. It's a very important transit corridor for the city and by design is a very heavily used bus route," said Dan Burke, deputy commissioner for the city's department of transportation.

He said the city is trying to keep inconvenience to a minimum.

Construction will be happening during the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and overnight from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. to allow for rush hour traffic to wind down, said Jim Dillon, general superintendent of Bigane Paving. Crews are not planning to work Saturdays unless weather becomes an issue, he said.

The loud, noisy road construction such as the use of jackhammers will occur during the day while the quieter operations such as paving will be done at night.


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