Cermak to be resurfaced starting Saturday
Road will be under construction until May 15, in time for NATO summit at McCormick Place
03/22/2012 4:34 PM
As the city of Chicago gets all gussied up for the NATO summits at McCormick Place in May, Cermak Road is getting a quick face lift.
The road is getting a resurfacing from Clark Street to its Easter endpoint at King Drive. Construction on concrete sidewalks and gutters around the street is scheduled to start this Saturday, March 24, and construction on the actual road itself is set to start on April 14.
The goal is to have the entire project done by May 15, in time for the NATO summit on May 20 and 21.
Road construction doesn’t usually begin until April, but the city and its contractor are taking advantage of the unusually warm weather to get the project started early and finished before the summit.
“With the nice weather, we’re jumping the gun,” said Lawrence Brenner of Ciorba Group, an engineering contractor working on the project. “The street has so many utility patches, the city would like to have it done before then.”
Parking on Cermak will be restricted between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. to help expedite the work. The resurfacing will be paid for with federal stimulus money.