The Village of Hinsdale is holding a silent auction of two of the iconic stoplights that controlled the one-way traffic over the historic Oak Street Bridge. The auction will be held at the Uniquely Thursdays concert in Burlington Park on Thursday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in conjunction with the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the auction will be used to purchase benches for the “pocket park” created on the southwest corner of the new Oak Street Bridge.
The Village’s silent auction booth will be located on Chicago Avenue between Washington Street and Garfield Street. Last bids will be accepted at 8:15 p.m., and the winners of the two stoplights will be announced at 8:30 p.m. Bidders must be present to win. In the event of a cancellation, the auction would be rescheduled for Wednesday, August 17 (the final Uniquely Thursdays performance of 2016).
The new Oak Street Bridge was substantially completed and opened to traffic in December 2015. Landscaping and final decorative elements have now been placed, and the Village will be putting the finishing touches on the pocket park this fall. Any necessary sod replacements will also take place at that time.
April 28, 2016:
Night work to remove wooden forms from beneath the new bridge is scheduled to occur the weekend of April 29-30, 2016. This work must be performed overnight, as it requires the closure of all BNSF tracks. Please direct any questions or comments about this overnight work to the Hinsdale Police Department's non-emergency line at 630-789-7070.
As part of the finishing work on the new bridge, the permanent fencing was installed this week. Landscaping continues, with plantings and sod to be placed in the coming weeks.
April 19, 2016: