Howard Road Work Project

Howard Street Project Virtual Community

On Tuesday, April 6, the 49th Ward office joined representatives from the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Evanston Department of Transportation to discuss an upcoming project slated for Howard Street.

The project is the result of coordination between the two departments that began in 2016. Since then, they engaged stakeholders in Chicago and Evanston through a series of community meetings. In March 2020, they replaced the water main on Howard from Western to Ridge and from Sacramento to California. 

Beginning this month, they will begin the final phases of the project, which include:


  • Streetscape and roadway improvements

  • Improvements to pedestrian mobility, safety, and access

  • Improvements to traffic signals

  • New/Upgraded street lighting

  • Bike lane installation

  • Resurfacing 

During the meeting, representatives from the Evanston Department of Transportation stated work will begin on Howard from Ridge to Winchester in April and May. From there, they will transition from Ridge to Western through July. In August and September, they will focus on Western to Sacramento. Beginning in September through October, crews will install bump-outs (at Howard and Hoyne, Howard and Seeley, & Howard and Oakley) and finish street resurfacing. 

While the project is underway, there will be areas where parking is impacted along Howard. Additionally,  the traffic flow might be shifted to the other side of the street to accommodate crews and construction. 

Throughout construction, crews will work with businesses to ensure that they're still accessible and able to accommodate customers. Crews will replace sidewalks in stages to keep businesses open. Some businesses may receive construction ramps while new concrete is being poured. Our office will work closely with 49th Ward businesses and crews to disrupt business as little as possible while the project is underway. 

Questions about the project can be sent to the 49th Ward office at or by calling 773-338-5796.