Downtown DeKalb Winter Construction Update


From RE/NEW DeKalb

The major construction work on Lincoln Highway and Locust was completed as of November 18. The work was finished ahead of schedule for the overall project. Work will resume on Locust in the spring to complete the project by June of 2011 as anticipated.  Hollydays in Downtown DeKalb is underway and many of our businesses are reporting a good start to the season.  Shoppers and visitors are enjoying the downtown improvements as well as our many wonderful shops and restaurants and we encourage everyone to keep it local this season!

While most work is done until spring, here are some updates and a few reminders regarding construction during the winter months.

Utility work

ComEd, Frontier, and Comcast will be scheduling and overseeing their individual utility crossovers through the winter and in the spring.  Customers will be contacted by the utility companies when work is schedule as well as if and when any disruptions in service might occur.
Signage installation

Parking and other regulation signs will continue to be installed this week and as weather permits.


Some additional utility cabinet work was required for Locust St. after November 18 that resulted in some outages of street lights. All work has been completed at this time and there should be no further disruption of the on street lighting.

Crosswalks on Lincoln

The thermoplastic crosswalks on Lincoln Highway are not performing per the warranty. Unfortunately this is rather unsightly, but they will be replaced by the contractor in the spring at no additional cost to the City of DeKalb.

Sidewalk De-icing Salt

Business and building owners are strongly encouraged to avoid using any de-icing salt that contains calcium chloride on the downtown area as it will cause prolonged periods of efflorescence (white chalkly residue on bricks).  You are instead encouraged to use de-icing salt containing magnesium chloride or anything agricultural based.

Pedestrian Pass Thru

As a reminder, the Pedestrian Pass Thru will be closed after major snowfalls until city crews have time to remove the snow.

As always, if you have any questions please contact Joel Mauer at the City of DeKalb at 815-748-2000.

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