By the time Glenbard West High School opens for the 2015-16 school year, Crescent Boulevard may look completely different.
Glen Ellyn engineers are planning a $1.9 million reconstruction of the street, something they say is long overdue and will spruce up an important stretch of the road for parents and students. The road, which runs between the school and Memorial Field, is a busy drop-off and pick-up point.
"We're working closely with the school, trying to identify their needs and priorities," said Bob Minix, engineer for the village.
The project is still in its planning phases, and the hope is to start construction in summer of 2015, he said.
Roughly $1.3 million in federal money will help pay for the reconstruction. The village will foot the rest of the bill.
The Illinois Department of Transportation also will be giving Glen Ellyn $73,500 in federal money to beautify the reconstruction area, state officials announced this month. That money will be used to plant trees and add green to the median that will be added to Crescent, Minix said.
Currently, there isn't a continuous run of sidewalk by the school. The construction will fix that by extending the sidewalks and also will enhance crossing points where many parents drop off students, he said.
There are also plans to add a median, which will better separate traffic and reduce U-turns. The entire reconstruction area will span about a third of a mile from North Park Boulevard to Lake Road.
The work will take about three months, and officials are hoping to complete it over the summer, when activity at the school is at its lowest. Although it's possible that the village may be ready to start in 2014, Minix didn't think it would be likely.
"The street work is very comprehensive, involving complete reconstruction," he said.
Crescent Boulevard was resurfaced in 1994, but no other work has been done on that street in decades. The pavement "is not in great shape by any stretch of the imagination," Minix said, although he was hopeful there wouldn't be too much construction needed below ground.
Project planners are also looking at the possibility of adding more parking to the area, which has always been a concern for parents.
Residents are invited to a meeting when village officials will share preliminary plans. It will be from 6 to 9 p.m. March 5 at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane St.