Central Business District Infrastructure Improvement & Streetscape Expansion

General Information

Tentative Completion Date October 31, 2017 (Shermer Road Bridge Work to begin in 2018)
Project Manager Mike Debennette, Baxter and Woodman, 815-482-9126
Contractor Copenhaver Construction
Awarded Contract Amount $3,400,056
Funding Sources Bonds

Project Description


The Central Business District (CBD) is the Village’s downtown area, which includes retailers and restaurants, the Village Green Park and Northbrook’s Metra Station. Work will be done on the streets within the Central Business District including Shermer Road between Maple Avenue and Waukegan Road, Meadow Road between Walters Avenue and Cherry Lane, Cherry Lane between the railroad underpass and Keystone Avneue, and Church Street between Keystone Avenue and Shermer Road. The following improvements are scheduled for the area:
  • Narrowing of Shermer Road between Walters Avenue and Maple Avenue
  • Reconfiguration of lanes on Shermer Road between Waukegan Road and Church Street to accomodate on-street parking
  • Replacement and modernization of the traffic signals at Shermer Road and Church Street
  • Replacement of curb and gutter
  • Replacement of existing plantings and the addition of new landscaped areas within the rights-of-way
  • Replacement of failed concrete sidewalk
  • Replacement of failed concrete street panels
  • Replacement of street lighting on Shermer Road between Church Street and and Angle Avenue
  • Resurfacing of asphalt streets
Work on this project will begin on Cherry Lane, Church Street, Shermer Road between Church Street and Meadow Road, and Meadow Road between Shermer Road and Cherry Lane. The second phase will consist of Meadow Road between Shermer Road and Walters Avenue, Shermer Road between Church Street and Waukegan Road, and Shermer Road between Meadow Road and Maple Avenue. View the Central Business District Infrastructure Improvement and Streetscape Expansion Project Map (PDF).

Project Contacts


The Village of Northbrook has retained the engineering firm of Baxter and Woodman, Inc. to oversee the Central Business District Infrastructure and Streetscape project. Mike DeBennette of Baxter and Woodman is available to answer questions on the project and address concerns. He is available at 815-482-9126. If you wish to contact the Village of Northbrook with any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at 847-272-4711.
  • Mike Debennette, Baxter and Woodman, 815-482-9126
  • Public Works Department 847-272-4711

Current Project Update


August 18, 2017

This week, the Village’s contractor, completed the installation of new curb and gutter, sidewalk, the apron at the exit of the North Commuter Parking Lot and roadway patches on Shermer Road between the railroad tracks and Walters Avenue. The contractor also continued the removal and resetting of bricks on the north side of Shermer Road. Finally, the contractor poured the final concrete for the traffic signal foundations at the intersection of Church Street and Shermer Road.

Next week, the contractor will continue with the removal and replacement of concrete panels in the center of Shermer, between Meadow Road and Walters. This work will require traffic to be shifted to the outside lanes. During this phase, there will be no on-street parking on Shermer, between Meadow and Walters.

Residents are reminded that businesses are open during the Central Business District Infrastructure and Streetscape project. On-street parking is available on Meadow Road and Shermer Road (east of Meadow Road). Free parking is also available in the Commuter Parking Lots after 10:00 a.m. weekdays and on weekends. Motorists are encouraged to allow enough time to reach their destinations, as there may be minor traffic delays during construction. 

Previous Project Updates


August 11, 2017

This week, the Village’s contractor removed and poured sections of failed sidewalk, curb, gutter, and street panels along Shermer Road. All the removed sections of sidewalk have been restored and are open for pedestrian traffic. Based on the pace of work, staff anticipates that work on the northern side of Shermer between Meadow Road and the railroad tracks will be completed by Monday, August 14. 

Next week, the contractor will begin work on the south side of Shermer, around the railroad tracks and the surrounding sidewalk, curb and gutter. During these operations, two-way traffic will be maintained; however, construction operations may require temporary flagging of traffic during the work. 

Businesses remain open during the construction. Residents are reminded that free parking is available in the Commuter Parking Lots after 10:00 a.m. and on-street parking is available on Meadow and Shermer (east of Meadow). Motorists are reminded to allow a few extra minutes to reach their destinations, as there may be traffic delays.


August 4, 2017

This week, the Village’s contractor completed patching concrete panels on Shermer Road between Walters and Maple Avenues. The contractor also began installing concrete at the northeast corner of Shermer and Meadow Roads, as well as concrete squares, which will serve as the bases for new decorative planter pots. Additionally, the contractor continued streetlight and traffic signal improvement work on Shermer between Church Street and Waukegan Road. 


Beginning on Monday, August 7, crews will begin patching concrete roadway panels, failed curb and gutter and broken sidewalk on Shermer between Meadow Road and Walters. Staff anticipates that this phase of the project will take approximately eight weeks to complete. This work will require lane closures and blocking of on-street parking. However, two-way traffic will be maintained and all businesses will be open during this time. Motorists are reminded to allow enough time to reach their destinations, as there will be traffic delays. Residents are reminded that free parking is available in the Commuter Parking Lots after 10:00 a.m. and on-street parking will be available on Meadow and Shermer (east of Meadow). 



July 28, 2017

This week, the Village’s contractor continued installing sidewalk, curb, gutter and driveway aprons on Shermer Road, between Walters Avenue and Maple Avenue. The contractor also continued the installation of street light foundations on Shermer between Waukegan Road and Church Street. Next week, the contractor will complete concrete patches in the southbound lane of Shermer between Walters and Maple. During this work, barricades and cones will channel traffic into the center turn lane. Beginning the week of August 7, the contractor will start concrete patching on Shermer between Walters and Meadow. This work will include removal and replacement of failed sections of curb and gutter, sidewalk and concrete panels in the roadway. The work will be completed over a period of eight weeks and in three stages to maintain two-way traffic during the project. Letters will be handed out to businesses in advance of the work. 



July 21, 2017

This week, the Village’s contractor formed and began pouring concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter on Shermer Road between Walters and Maple Avenues. This concrete work will continue next week. The contractor also continued the installation of street light foundations on Shermer between Church Street and Waukegan Road. This work will also continue into next week.


July 14, 2017

This week, the Village’s contractor continued with pavement removal on Shermer Road between Walters Avenue and Maple Avenue and completed the installation of new storm sewer inlets as part of the new curb that will be installed. Crews also continued work on the foundations for the new streetlights on Shermer Road between Waukegan Road and Church Street. Next week, the Contractor will begin installing the forms for the concrete that will be poured for the installation of the new sidewalk, curb and gutter. The contractor will also begin pouring the foundations of the streetlights next week. 

July 7, 2017

This week, the Village’s contractor began the removal of concrete pavement, sidewalk, and curb and gutter on the west side Shermer Road between Walters Avenue and Maple Avenue. This work will continue into next week when crews will also begin framing for the new concrete to be poured. As part of this work, southbound traffic on Shermer has been shifted to the center turn lane of the road.

In addition to pavement work, the contractor has begun the installation of the conduit and foundations for the new street lights on Shermer between Angle Avenue and Church Street. This work will be on-going for the next several weeks and will require intermittent daily lane closures. Motorists are encouraged to allow enough time to reach their destinations as this work may cause traffic delays. 



 June 30, 2017

This week, the Village’s contractor, completed the installation of the concrete adjacent in the crosswalks at Meadow Road and Cherry Lane. As part of this, crews removed and replaced failed brick pavers located in the crosswalk. Work continued simultaneously along Shermer Road, between Waukegan Road and Church Street, where crews finished removing all concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter.

Beginning Wednesday, July 5, the contractor will begin curb and gutter removal and replacement on Shermer between Walters Avenue and Maple Avenue as part of the improvements along this section of Shermer, which will also include new landscaping. With the curb and gutter work, the contractor will be adding storm sewer inlets. During this work, residents along Shermer will have access to their driveways. However, there may be delays entering and leaving when work is occurring directly in front of the property. 

June 23, 2017

This week, the Village’s contractor completed the installation of curb bump outs in the 1200 block of Meadow Road and began the removal and replacement of the brick crosswalks and pavers at Meadow and Cherry Lane. The contractor also began the removal and replacement of concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter on Shermer Road, between Waukegan Road and Church Street.

Next week, crews will continue working on the crosswalks at Meadow and Cherry. Concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter removal will also continue on Shermer Road, between Waukegan Road and Church Street.

Beginning Wednesday, July 5, the contractor will begin curb and gutter removal and replacement and installation of storm sewer inlets and new landscaping, on Shermer, between Walters Avenue and Maple Avenue. During this work, residents along Shermer will have access to their driveways. However, there may be delays entering and leaving when work is occurring directly in front of the property. 



June 16, 2017


This week, the Village’s contractor installed two storm sewer inlets in the 1200 block of Meadow Road. The contractor also completed the installation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant brick pavers at select crosswalks. Next week, crews will begin the removal and replacement of concrete ribbons bordering the bricks in the crosswalks at Cherry Lane and Church Street. During this operation, traffic will be directed around the open concrete with two-way traffic being maintained. The contractor will also begin removal and replacement of failed sidewalk, curb and gutter along the west side Shermer Road between Waukegan Road and Church Street. Motorists should expect delays and allow enough time to reach their destination. During this time, access will remain open to all local businesses and restaurants.

June 9, 2017


The Village’s contractor completed the removal and replacement of sidewalk, curb and gutter along Shermer Road (between Meadow Road and Church Street), Meadow Road (between Shermer Road and Cherry Lane), and Cherry Lane/Church Street (between Meadow Road and Shermer Road) this week and began the installation of the curb bump outs in the 1200 block of Meadow Road.

Next week, the contractor will complete the installation of the curb bump outs on Meadow Road and begin the removal and replacement of the concrete ribbons, which border the bricks in the crosswalks at Cherry Lane and Church Street (pictured right). During this operation, traffic will be directed around the open concrete however, two-way traffic will be maintained. Motorists should expect delays and allow enough time to reach their destination.

June 2, 2017


Construction continued this week with the Village’s Contractor uncovering structures, such as manholes, that were paved over on Cherry Lane and Church Street (Meadow Road to Shermer Road), Meadow (Shermer to Cherry), and Shermer Road (Church to Meadow), and raising them to the level of the pavement. Next week, crews will begin removing and replacing the final sections of concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter along these segments of roadway. Access to all businesses are open and two way traffic will be maintained during construction.

May 26, 2017


This week, the Village’s contractor continued resurfacing work on Meadow Road (between Shermer Road and Cherry Lane) and Cherry Lane/Church Street (between Meadow and Shermer). The Contractor completed paving of the first layer of asphalt on these roads and completed the installation of temporary pavement markings. The Contactor also completed cleanup of the Memorial Day parade route.

Following the Memorial Day weekend, the contractor will begin adjusting utility structures and reconstructing manholes in the roadway on Shermer, Meadow, Cherry and Church. The contractor will also continue replacing sidewalk, curb and gutter along these segments of roadway. Two-way traffic will be maintained during these operations with traffic being flagged around construction activities as needed. The entire project will be completed in October.

May 19, 2017


This week, the Village’s contractor continued resurfacing work on Shermer Road (between Church Street and Meadow Road), Meadow Road (between Shermer Road and Cherry Lane), and Cherry Lane/Church Street (between Meadow Road and Shermer Road). The contractor completed the milling and paving of the first layer of asphalt on Shermer. The contractor also completed the patching to the roadway foundations on Meadow, Cherry, and Church.

On Friday, May 19, the Contractor closed Cherry and Church (between Meadow and Shermer) to apply priming solution to the roadway during the early morning hours. A similar closure will occur on Meadow (between Shermer and Cherry) on Monday, May 22, between the midnight and 6 a.m.
Crews work overnight and under a road closure to avoid having vehicles drive through the priming solution and tracking it on the brick pavers and private parking lots.

On Monday, May 22, during regular construction hours, the contractor will be paving Meadow, Cherry, and Church with the first layer of asphalt. This work will start on Meadow and will continue onto Cherry and Church. During these operations, roads will remain open flaggers will route traffic around the paving operations. Motorists should expect delays during this work.

May 12, 2017


This week, the Village’s contractor began resurfacing operations as part of the Central Business District Infrastructure and Streetscape Project. The contractor has completed grinding operations on Meadow Road, Cherry Lane, and Church Street. Next week, grinding will continue on Shermer Road with a temporary closure occurring on Shermer between Church Street and Meadow Road between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16. This closure will allow crews to conduct all pre-work prior to beginning paving. Staff anticipates all paving work will be completed by Wednesday, May 24, weather permitting.

Additionally this week, crews completed the installation of concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter on Meadow Road (between Shermer Road and Cherry Lane), Cherry Lane and Church Street (between Meadow Road and Shermer Road). The Contractor also completed the removal of the concrete median on Church Street at Shermer Road and the island at the northeast corner of Shermer Road and Church Street.

May 5, 2017


This week, the Village’s contractor completed the installation of storm sewer structures on Meadow Road for the curb bump outs adjacent to 1220 Meadow Road. The temporary traffic signals at Shermer Road and Church Street were activated this week, as crews removed the old traffic signals.

This week, crews also began replacement of sidewalk, curb and gutter along the west side of Meadow Road (between Cherry Lane and Shermer Road), north side of Cherry Lane and Church Street (between Meadow Road and Shermer Road). The contractor will continue construction on Meadow Road, Cherry Lane and Church Street, and Shermer Road (between Meadow Road and Church Street).

Next week, the Contractor will be working on intersection improvements, including removing the concrete median and the concrete island at the intersection of Shermer Road and Church Street. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to use caution in the Downtown Central Business District as crews continue roadway improvements.

April 28, 2017


This week, the Village’s contractor completed the pouring of sidewalk, curb and gutter on the north side of Shermer Road (between Church Street and Meadow Road), the east side of Meadow Road (between Shermer Road and Cherry Lane), and the south side of Church Street and Cherry Lane (between Shermer Road and Meadow Road). The contractor also began the removal of sidewalk, curb and gutter on the north side of Church Street and Cherry Lane (between Shermer Road and Meadow Road), the south side of Shermer Road (between Meadow Road and Church Street), and the west side of Meadow Road (between Shermer Road and Cherry Lane).

Next week, crews will frame the sections of sidewalk, curb and gutter and begin pouring the concrete for those areas that have been removed. The changeover from the existing traffic signals to the temporary traffic signal at Shermer Road and Church will occur on Tuesday, May 2. Once the temporary traffic signals are activated, the contractor will remove the old traffic signals. The contractor will also be removing the median on Church Street at this time.

Also during the week of May 1, the contractor will begin and complete storm sewer work for the curb bump out on Meadow Road at 1220 Meadow Road. The contractor will also begin saw cutting around utility structures on Cherry Lane and Church Street between (Meadow Road and Shermer Road), Meadow Road (between Cherry Lane and Shermer Road), and Shermer Road (between Meadow Road and Church Street) in the roadway and adjusting them in preparation for the resurfacing work that will begin the following week.

April 21, 2017


Work on the Central Business District infrastructure and streetscape project continued this week. The Village’s contractor continued to remove and pour concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter in the area generally bounded by Meadow Road, Shermer Road and Cherry Lane and Church Street. .The contractor also began installation of temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Shermer Road and Church Street, as well as temporary street lighting on Shermer Road (between Church Street and Angle Avenue).

Next week, the contractor will continue concrete work in the same area. While this work progresses, there will be intermittent lane closures which will require on-street parking to be blocked adjacent to the sections of curb and gutter or sidewalk being removed. Installation of the temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Shermer Road and Church Street and temporary street lighting on Shermer Road will also be completed the week of April 24, weather dependent.

April 14, 2017


Work on the Central Business District infrastructure and streetscape project began on Monday, April 10. During this first week, the Village’s contractor completed the saw cutting of concrete curb and gutter on Cherry Lane, Church Street, Shermer Road (between Church Street and Meadow Road), and Meadow Road (north of Cherry Lane). Segments of sidewalk and curb and gutter that were saw-cut were removed and the crews began to pour the new concrete.

Next week, the Contractor will finish pouring concrete in the sections of curb and sidewalk that have been removed. Beginning on Wednesday, April 19, weather permitting, the contractor will begin removing sections of curb and sidewalk on the opposite side of Cherry Lane, Church Street, Shermer Road and Meadow Road. The Contractor will also complete the installation of a temporary traffic signal at Church Street and Shermer Road and transition from the existing signal to the new temporary signal. During this time, there will be intermittent lane closures and flagging of traffic as needed.

April 7, 2017


On Monday, April 10, concrete saw cutting of curb and gutter will begin on the south side of Cherry Lane at Meadow Road and work its way towards Shermer Road and then continue saw cutting of failed curb and gutter along the north side of Shermer Road between Meadow Road and Church Street. When the contractor has completed this work, they will begin saw cutting of the failed curb and gutter on the south side of Shermer Road working from Meadow Road to Church Street and continuing on the north side of Church Street working towards Meadow Road. The contractor will begin removal and replacement of the failed curb following this work.
During this time, there will be intermittent lane closures and flagging of traffic as needed.

The contractor will also be installing the temporary traffic signal at Church Street and Shermer Road. This temporary traffic signal will be activated at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

March 31, 2017


Construction signage for the project will be installed the week of April 3rd in anticipation of construction starting the week of April 10th. Work will begin with concrete saw cutting along Cherry Lane.


March 14, 2017


The construction contract for the project was approved at the February 28, 2017 Village Board of Meeting. Work is anticipated to start this spring. Prior to work beginning, the Village will issue notifications to any impacted residents and businesses and establish an informational website on the project.