Updates will be made as they become available:
Construction Updates - Week Ending May 31, 2019
La Grange Road
June 14, 2019 Update: IDOT informed the Village that K-Five would begin to grind La Grange Road starting around 53rd St in La Grange working North towards 31st starting July 8th.
May 31, 2019 Update: No construction work was completed on La Grange Road this week.
May 17, 2019 Update: Manhole frames were removed, plated and temporarily patched in the Northbound traffic lanes this week. No timeline when grinding will take place.
May 10, 2019 Update: Minor progress occurred this week. Topsoil has been placed in areas where sidewalks and curbs have been replaced. The Village anticipates sod will be laid early next week.
May 3, 2109 Update: IDOT has provided a timeline for upcoming milling and paving of LaGrange Road. The contractor has divided the project into two phases. The first phase will be from Joliet Road to 47th Street with work anticipated between May 10th and June 10th. The second phase will be from 47th Street to 31st with work to begin between June 3rd and July 10th.
The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to resurface La Grange Road from 31st Street to Joliet Road beginning April 1, 2019. The project scope will consist of milling and resurfacing the existing pavement, intermittent sidewalk, curb and gutter replacement, and drainage structure repairs as required. The contractor for the work is K-5 Contractors. Construction will occur throughout the summer with an anticipated completion date of September 2019, depending on the weather. Residents should expect intermittent lane closures and road congestion. It is recommended that motorists seek alternative routes to avoid delays.
Sunnyside Sanitary Project
June 14, 2019 Update: Nice weather this past week, has allowed the contractor to make significant progress by installing approximately 200 feet of pipe. The contractor is experiencing bedrock which will hinder their speed a bit, but by next week it's anticipated they will make the westerly turn in the southern right away towards the manhole that goes north under 31st Street. A progress meeting is scheduled for Monday morning with the contractor and Village of Westchester to discuss workflow the next few weeks. I am hopeful that during the discussion, the contractor provides a timeline when restoration work will begin along Edgewood and the path over Salt Creek. Stay tuned!!
June 7, 2019 Update: With the rains again this week, progress was slowed. Only 66 feet of pipe installed this week. There is still 230 feet to reach 31st street. The contractor needs a good week without rain to increase their production. Once they do reach 31st, the contractor needs to head west along the right of way along the southern edge of 31st to make the connection at the new manhole where the pipe turns north under 31st. I am hopeful that the weather will start to favor the region so this project can progress with more significant results.
May 31, 2019 Update: The contractor was able to install approximately 175 feet of pipe along the Edgewood right away this week. There are another 300 ft to go before making it to 31st street. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate with the contractor to increase production and move this project along.
The path from Jackson to the Salt Creek Bike Path intersection is open for use, but users can only go South towards Bemis from this location.
Our Department of Public Works reports the following update from the Village of Westchester regarding the Sunnyside Sanitary Project. Work began about 200 feet west of the creek bridge along the bike path. To date, four manholes and 900 feet of 30” pipe have been installed at an average depth of 20 feet. The work began west of the bike path bridge and turned north along the bike path/Edgewood. Spring melt, rains, and groundwater have caused difficult working conditions for the contractor, impacting progress. Due to the groundwater, equipment and materials along the bike path, the Forest Preserve and the contractor decided to close the bike path to the public for safety reasons. The bike path between 31st Street and Jackson will remain closed until the pipe has been installed. The contractor’s goal was to install 150 feet of pipe per day, but because of all the groundwater and unstable soils, they can install only 22 feet per day. The boring pit on Sunnyside has been completed and the boring subcontractor was mobilized to begin boring under 31st street this week. The boring will be completed by the middle of next week. The project is scheduled to be completed in July weather and existing conditions permitting.
Raymond Water Main Replacement
June 14, 2019 Update: Notices were passed out to all the properties along Raymond this week providing an overview of the project. Next week, Kramer Tree Service will be onsite to begin root pruning. It is anticipated that Kramer will need a few days to complete this work. Mobilization of equipment and supplies will start to arrive next week as well. On Monday, June 24th, Suburban General will begin installing the new water main. Stay tuned each week with a progress report and future work flow.
June 7, 2019 Update: A pre-construction meeting was held on Wednesday with Suburban General. The official start of this project will be the week of June 17th. Notices will be hand delivered to the affected properties on Monday morning, June 10th. The week of June 17th, a sub-contractor (Certified Arborist) for Suburban General, will root prune tree roots along the path of the water main installation. Equipment mobilization and materials will start to arrive during this week as well. On June 24th, Suburban General will make the connection to the 31st Street water main which will require a water shut-down for residents along 31st street from Harrison to Ostrander. Notices of this temporary shut-down will be passed out on Thursday, June 20th. After this connection is completed, progress will continue to the North. Check back each week for updates on the progress of this project.
May 31, 2019 Update: The Village Board approved a contract with Suburban General at the Board meeting on May 28th. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled with the contractor and Village staff on Wednesday, June 5th. Anticipated start date is June 17th. Check back next week for more information.
May 24, 2019 Update: On Tuesday, the Village Board will approve to award Suburban General the water main work contract. In initial talks with Suburban General, they have expressed a starting date of June 15, 2019. Once a confirmed date has been finalized with the contractor, residents in the affected area will receive a construction notice outlining the project.
The Department of Public Works is busy in planning preparations for the replacement of four blocks of water infrastructure on Raymond Avenue from 31st Street to 26th Street, at an estimated cost of $1.5 Million. We anticipate that the new main will be located under the parkway on the east side of the street and this work will occur this upcoming construction season. This water main was identified as a high priority replacement in the Village’s Water and Sewer Infrastructure Report. It has seen its share of water main breaks in the past and has outlived its useful life. The proposed water main will be increased to an 8” from its existing size of 6” which will improve water flow for fire protection. Currently, the segment is undergoing the design phase of this project. Requests for bids will be published in the next few weeks seeking a qualified contractor, and Public Works will bring forth a recommendation to the Board in May to award a contract. Our goal is to have the selected contractor to start construction in mid-June. More information to follow – stay tuned.
La Grange Road and 31st Water Main Replacement
June 14, 2019 Update: Temporary easements are needed from a few properties before the soil borings can begin. The Village’s Attorney is working with these property owners to obtain the necessary so we can issue a notice to proceed to True North.
June 7, 2019 Update: No update to report this week.
May 31, 2019 Update: No news to report this week.
May 10, 2019 Update: True North will be providing the Village with a schedule next week, so stay tuned for more information.
April 12, 2019 Update: On Tuesday night, the Village Board approved a proposal from True North Consultants for core samples in the proposed work zone to determine soil conditions and potential contaminations. This work should begin the first or second week of May.
The Department of Public Works is also in the early planning stages for a water main replacement project planned for La Grange Road - and potentially 31st Street (as funding allows). Our Water and Sewer Infrastructure Study have also identified this area as a priority project. Preliminary work includes design engineering, core sampling, and underground utility relocation. The Village anticipates that the work on La Grange Road will begin next year (2020). Not only has this water main surpassed its useful life, but both of the current water main locations are under the pavement in the roadways. These roadways are under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), which makes it difficult to make repairs and restorations. Once the design phase is complete, the documents are sent over to IDOT for review, comments, and approval. This process will take most of the summer into fall before IDOT finalizes the plans.
Upcoming Sewer Work
June 14, 2019 Update: By the end of today, Unique Plumbing will be completed with the sewer work on the 700 block of Spring. Next week, Unique will be completing necessary sewer work in the 700 and 800 blocks of Waiola. Check back next week for workflow the following week.
June 7, 2019 Update: Unique Plumbing completed four point repairs along Brewster this week. Saw cutting on the 700 block of Spring will take place today for work scheduled next week. There is a total of four catch basin, two inlet structures and four point repairs to the combination sanitary sewers that are needed which will take most of next week to complete. Check back next week for workflow the following week.
May 31, 2019 Update: Unique Plumbing will begin the point repairs next week. On Wednesday of next week, Unique will start the renovations on Brewster and then work on the repairs needed on Spring, Waiola, and Jackson before moving on to the Phase II area of road work.
May 10, 2019 Update: Unique Plumbing will begin the point repairs in a few weeks. They will be working with the paving contractor to complete repairs in Phase 1 area’s which are the 700 block of Spring, 700-800 blocks of Waiola, Brewster between La Grange Road and Spring and Jackson between La Grange Road and Barnsdale Road.
April 12, 2019 Update: The Village Board approved a contract with Unique Plumbing to conduct the point repairs needed at 23 locations before paving begins. Unique Plumbing will begin the repairs in early May.
The Department of Public Works is overseeing work by National Power Rodding to clean and televise portions of combination sewers under the roadways of this year's paving project. Results are such that several locations require point repairs. Repairs consist of digging down to the existing sewer and replacing the bad sections with new PVC piping, clamps and replace sewer laterals if needed. Bids were solicited and opened on April 1st. The low bidder will be presented to the Village Board at the April 9th Work Session There are twenty-three locations related to each street identified for the paving project.
Upcoming Road Work
June 14, 2019 Update: Nardulli has completed the curb and apron removals along the north side of Jackson with framing and poring behind them. Some work began on the south side of Jackson this week and will continue until early next week. Once the removal crew completes Jackson, removals will begin on Brewster starting on Wednesday, June 19th. Reminder, Brewster construction is in partnership with the Village of La Grange, so you will see work being completed on their side as well.
June 7, 2019 Update: Most of the concrete work has been completed on the 700 block of Spring and the 700-800 blocks of Waiola, except where gaps were intentionally left for the sewer work scheduled to be completed in the next two weeks (See Point Repair Section). Once the sewer work is completed, Nardulli will come back to complete the gapped sections of the curb. Nardulli has begone this the removals of curb and aprons along Jackson from La Grange Road to Barnsdale. This section of roadway is getting spot curb replacement, so progress should be as long. Next week, saw cutting and removals would take place towards by Wednesday. Check back next week for workflow the following week.
May 31, 2019 Update: By the end of next week, the contractor will be wrapping up the curb and apron work along the 700 block of Spring and the 700-800 blocks of Waiola. Only a few “gapped” areas will need to be completed once the sewer work is completed which is scheduled to start next week. On June 6th, Nardulli will begin spot curb and apron replacement on Jackson between La Grange Road and Barnsdale Road. Once they are completed with Jackson, they will move to Brewster.
May 24, 2019 Update: Nardulli was able to make significant progress during their first full week. All the curbs and aprons on the east side of the 700 block of Spring and 800 block of Waiola have been removed and replaced. All the curb and aprons on the east side of the 700 block of Waiola have been removed, and close to two-thirds have been replaced as of today. Next week, the residents on the east side of the roadways will be allowed to access their driveways as the work will shift to the west side of the three streets. Notices are going to be distributed on Tuesday with this information. Next week, the work shall be about the same, except the west side will be affected.
Over the last three years, pricing for past paving has been significantly lower than previously expected. As a result, the Village can continue the work into a fourth year. The following roadways are identified for paving this upcoming construction season; 700-800 Blocks of Waiola, 700 Block of Spring, 600 Block of Ashland, Oak between La Grange Road and Barnsdale, Jackson between La Grange Road and Barnsdale, 300-500 Blocks of Beach and Brewster from La Grange Road to Spring. The two alleys along 31st Street between Raymond and Alima Terrace are slated for a complete reconstruction as well. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.