Alpine Road Reconstruction Frequently Asked Questions:
Beginning on April 6, the City of Loves Park will begin the long-awaited reconstruction of Alpine Road within the City limits. Alpine Road was constructed in the 1970’s and the pavement has deteriorated to the point that a full removal and replacement is required. The road will be completely rebuilt as a brand new asphalt pavement. Listed below are some frequently asked questions that have been brought up to the City about this important project:
How long will the project last?
Alpine Road will be reconstructed in three phases so that each phase can be completed within one construction season. The first phase of the project will start on Monday April 6 and will be completed before the end of August 2015.
What are the project limits?
This first phase of the project will start at Riverside Boulevard and end about 500 feet north of Rivington Road. A portion of Windsor Road will also be reconstructed along with the ramps to Forest Hills Road. The bridge over Forest Hills Road will be repaired by the County, but not replaced.
Why will the road be closed?
Repairs to the bridge will require that it be closed to traffic for a period of three months. The bridge closure will require a detour route using Forest Hills Road. Since the bridge will be closed, the City will take advantage of the traffic detour to have the contractor work to complete portions of the project as quickly as possible.
How will I get to local businesses?
Access to all businesses north of Forest Hills Road will be maintained for “local traffic only” through the construction work zone. The road will be completely closed for several weeks south of Forest Hills Road, so traffic will have to use Riverside or Forest Hills to temporarily visit local businesses.
Since the City does not levy a property tax, how will this project be paid for? Alpine Road is one of the projects being funded by the City of Loves Park 1% sales tax that was approved by voters in 2014.
Will there be sidewalks?
Yes. As part of the project, the City is installing sidewalks along Alpine Road. New traffic signals will include pedestrian crossing signals.
What comes next?
Once the first phase of this project is complete later this summer, engineers will begin working on the design for the second phase up to Croydon Avenue, which will be rebuilt in 2016. The final phase will be the reconstruction of the Harlem and Alpine intersection area in 2017.