As the expansion of the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck enters its final full month of construction, residents and downtown visitors will be greeted with a little more noise during January.
Walsh Construction will be installing precast panels along the south side of the structure from Monday, Jan. 5 to Friday, Jan. 16. Given the work’s proximity to the train tracks, Union Pacific flaggers will be on site as a safety precaution. When the flaggers are present during the daytime hours, passing trains are mandated to sound their horns as an additional level of safety.
To keep the workflow on schedule, the Geneva City Council has authorized Sunday construction hours at the parking deck – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. if needed – during the month of January. Walsh Construction will notify the City mid-week if they plan to work on Sundays so adequate notification can be disseminated through our website, Facebook, Twitter and our weekly GenevaMail eblast. Crews already are allowed to work on Saturdays per the construction contract.
Walsh Construction also will be closing Second Street from South Street to the parking deck for construction-related activities during the day Jan. 5 and Wednesday, Jan. 7.
The City expects the parking deck project to be substantially completed in the next four to six weeks, and anticipates reopening the structure to commuters sometime in February. Further restoration work will take place in the spring.
The $4.5 million third tier expansion will provide an additional 180 parking spaces and is being funded entirely by grants through Metra. The deck is being expanded in order to accommodate parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific’s future plans to add a third rail line, which will remove some existing surface parking spaces.
For more information about the project, including shuttle service to temporary parking lots, please visit the City’s website at the link below.