Construction Advisory

2017 Prairie Crossing Metra Parking Lot Resurfacing

To: Users of Prairie Crossing South Metra Parking Lot & Station Pl (Access Rd)

Date: August 15, 2017

The Prairie Crossing South Metra Parking Lot and Station Place are scheduled to be resurfaced during the period between mid-August and early September.  The work will involve grinding off the existing pavement surface, making necessary repairs to the road base, and re-paving with asphalt.  The work will be done in two phases, requiring closure of approximately one-half of the lot during each phase.  Phase I will be the northern half, and Phase II will be the southern half, including the access road out to Midlothian (Station Pl.). (see the map below)  Additionally, please note the following:
  • During each phase, no parking will be allowed in the construction zone.
  • The long term parking spots (#301 to #305) will be closed while the Phase I work is completed.
  • During Phase I, the existing handicap accessible parking spaces will be unavailable for use, so temporary handicap accessible spaces will be created and available in the Phase II area.
  • The entrance road to Midlothian will be open to traffic during both phases; however, please expect and plan for delays during Phase II while the entrance road is under construction.  
Some damaged concrete sidewalk and curb will also be replaced during this project. Please use caution when walking through the lot to avoid the concrete construction areas; barricades will be used to delineate the areas under construction.

Watch for Fresh Oil signs in advance of each phase of asphalt paving. The Contractor will be applying a tack coat (oil) to the pavement.  Avoid driving through the fresh oil, if possible, and please read the reverse side of this letter for important hints for dealing with road oil.

We realize this project will create inconvenience for commuters and other users of the lots, and we will do our best to minimize the disruption. For any questions regarding the construction, please call Kevin Betke (Resident Engineer with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.) at (847) 833-0252 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You can also email Kevin Betke at kbetke@cbbel.com or call the Engineering Division Office at (847) 918-2100.

For any problems which may develop after hours, please call the Police non-emergency number (847) 362-8310, and they will contact the proper personnel for follow-up. Thank you for your cooperation. Your patience throughout this process is greatly appreciated. 

  • Please avoid walking on the pavement after the road oil is applied.
  • If you are driving and see a tank truck or men spraying oil on the pavement ahead of you, please keep as far away from the operation as possible.
  • The fresh oil has a wet-looking, dark brown appearance. When the color becomes black with only a slight sheen, the oil has cured. This color change will usually occur within one hour during the hot summer weather, but may take up to 3 hours in cool weather, especially if the pavement is shaded.
  • If you must drive through a freshly-oiled area, we strongly recommended that you reduce your speed to 5 to 10 m.p.h. When driving over oil which has cured, we suggest you not exceed 20 m.p.h. 
  • If you find that your tires have thrown oil onto the sides of your vehicle, any commercially available "bug and tar" remover should safely remove it. It is best to do this cleaning as soon as possible, the material gets more difficult to remove the longer it is left on.
Map of the Resurfacing: Phase I and Phase 2 
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