Windsor Drive Widening and Beautification

Oak Brook Windsor Drive Widening and Streetscape Project

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Project Overview

The Windsor Drive Widening and Streetscape Project, which kicked off in spring of 2020, includes the reconstruction and widening of Windsor Drive from Bliss Drive to Swift Drive, converting the existing two lane road to a four lane road with two lanes in each direction, divided by landscaped medians. The project includes the installation of storm sewers, landscape lighting and irrigation systems, along with other features.

Safety enhancements include new roadway lighting, improved visibility and a new sidewalk that will run along the west and north side of Windsor Drive and improve pedestrian safety and access to the bus stop at 22nd Street.


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The Village is investing in this project to add traffic capacity based on new property developments that have occurred in this area over the last few years, as well development that is projected for the future. Many businesses, hotels reside along this busy corridor, including Advocate Health Care, Chamberlain Group, Oak Brook Office Court, Hyatt House, Rush Oak Brook, Blistex and others.

The Village estimates that about 6,000 vehicles per day travel this corridor during peak times and traffic will be significantly reduced as a result of this road widening project.

The Village modified the original design plans based on input from the public and stakeholders, including eliminating the crosswalk on Windsor at Bliss and extending the sidewalk along the west side of Windsor from Bliss to 22nd Street.


The project also includes a new four lane bridge over the I-88 ramp with a concrete median divide and a sidewalk on both sides (to be completed by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority).

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Benefits

  • Widening from two lane to four lanes to increase traffic capacity and reduce traffic congestion.
  • Improved roadway lighting (Windsor Drive currently does not have lighting).
  • Improved sight lines (visibility) will improve safety for drivers and pedestrians.
  • A new sidewalk along the west and north side of Windsor Drive and allow for direct pedestrian access to the bus stop at 22nd Street. 
  • Landscaped medians will improve the look and feel of this growing business center.

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Impacts

  • As Windsor Drive is one way in and one way out, there are not any planned detours.
  • Expect new traffic patterns at different points of construction.
  • Temporary and utility easements will be needed from property owners. Correspondence has been sent out to individual properties owners detailing the specific needs at their location.

Background

This corridor has experienced significant development over the past decades, including new large employers and hotels. The original road design is not adequate for the existing traffic impacts, as well as future traffic demands.

The Village conducted a traffic safety study at the intersection of Windsor Drive and Bliss Drive. The study findings revealed a line of sight/site distance deficiency specifically related to large trees and two large Com Ed transformer cabinets that obstructed the line of site for stopped westbound drivers. However, that study showed that there were no crashes reported at this location related to this.

The study recommended removal of the trees and addition of warning signing to increase driver awareness to vehicles entering the intersection from Bliss Drive.

The Village created engineering and design plans for this project and shared those plans with stakeholders in February 2020. The Village modified the plans based on that input and the Village Board approved the final plan in spring 2020.

Construction began in May 2020 and is expected to be completed in June 2022. 

Project Contacts


Project Manager: Orion Galey / ogaley@cbbel.com / 847-833-0210
Public Works Director: Doug Patchin / dpatchin@oak-brook.org / 630-368-5272

For questions about this project, please contact:
Resident Engineer:  Scott Soderstrom / ssoderstrom@cbbel.com / 224-240-2998