Construction to Close Home Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Beginning Sept. 2

Update: Sept. 4, 2019

Please be advised that students using the alternative safe walking route on Oak Park Avenue will be required to use the sidewalk on the east side of the road (between Harrison and Harvard streets) due to an emergency sidewalk closure on the southwest corner of Garfield Street and Oak Park Avenue. There will be three crossing guards stationed along Oak Park Avenue to ensure student safety during the duration of the project, and the Village of Oak Park will be placing additional signs along the route.

Please see the revised map below.

Map of Home Avenue Closure and Alternative Safe Walking Route

Original Post

The Village of Oak Park will be temporarily closing the Home Avenue pedestrian bridge over the I-290 Expressway for the month of September in order to complete surface repairs and patching. The bridge is scheduled to be closed starting Monday, September 2, and will remain closed until Tuesday, October 1.
This temporary closure will require that students from Brooks Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School who normally cross the bridge use an alternate walking route to and from school. The village has designated the Oak Park Avenue bridge as the safest alternate route over the expressway, which ties into existing school walking routes along Harrison Street and the west side of Oak Park Avenue.
In order to ensure the safety of students who will be utilizing the temporary route, the village will have crossing guards at both ends of the Oak Park Avenue bridge. Temporary barrier walls will be placed on both sides of the bridge in order to protect pedestrians and bicyclists from vehicle traffic. The village will also refresh crosswalk lines along the alternate route, which will be marked with detour and “temporary school walking route” signs.
Please see the attached map to view the alternate safe walking route, as well as the locations of the signs.
The health and safety of our students is our highest priority, and we will continue to work with the Village of Oak Park to address any issues or concerns that may arise during the completion of this project.
Information about the project is available online at If you have any questions or concerns related to the construction, please email [email protected].

Map of Home Avenue Closure and Alternative Safe Walking Route