Downtown Sewer Improvements Begin

Downtown Sewer Improvement Project Begins
Posted on 05/22/2019
Glimpse of construction map

The Village’s drainage improvement project planned for the Downtown started construction with pavement saw cutting on Monday, May 20th. The project includes the installation of a new public storm sewer on Chestnut Avenue, between Campbell and Wing, and the replacement of sewers on Campbell Street and Sigwalt Street, between Ridge Avenue and Vail Avenue, with larger sewers. 

Please know that the construction equipment  for this project will be staged on the future site of the Arlington 425 project at Highland and Campbell. The property owner of the site is allowing the Village to use their vacant property. Any activities you see on this site are related to the Downtown sewer construction project and not the future three-building development.

The Campbell/Sigwalt/Vail (Downtown) Combined Area Sewer Project is one of the highest priority projects resulting from flood studies performed in 2015. Nearly half of the $3,649,582 proposed cost of the project will be covered by a $1.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). 

The new and upgraded sewers will provide some relief from basement backups during heavy storms for residents of approximately 250 homes in the area bounded by Ridge Avenue to the west, Wing Street to the north, Arlington Heights Road to the east and George Street to the south. The project will also address street and structure flooding on Campbell Street, west of Vail Avenue. Please review the Downtown Sewer Construction map.

Although the improvements will provide a better level of service, the improvements will not eliminate the possibility of future basement backups. Residents without overhead sewers are still encouraged to learn about the Village's Overhead Sewer Rebate Program.

Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, May 28 at the intersection of Wing and Chestnut for the connection of the new 48" sewer to the existing 72" sewer under Wing Street. Work will then continue south on Chestnut to Campbell Street. Construction of this stretch is anticipated to take a week, depending on weather. The intersection of Wing and Chestnut will be closed for two days while the new manhole is being constructed. Once at Campbell, work will progress toward Vail, then work will progress west toward Ridge. 

Water main work is also scheduled to begin during the week of May 28th at the intersection of Campbell Street and Highland Avenue.

Thru-traffic will be restricted during the day and some driveways may be inaccessible for the short time work is occurring directly in front of them. It is anticipated that driveways will be made accessible every evening after work hours. Notification will be provided prior to any road or driveway closures. Parking along the construction zones will also be restricted. Downtown businesses are asked to contact Jim Doleshal, Resident Engineer of Burns & McDonnell, at jedoleshal@burnsmcd.com or 913.226.5317 to coordinate business deliveries. 

Visit the Downtown Construction page of the website to learn more about this and other construction projects scheduled for the Downtown area. Sign up for the "Downtown Construction Update" to receive e-mails with the latest updates. 

We regret the unavoidable inconvenience this project work may cause and would like to thank you in advance for your patience. Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum. We are working closely with Nicor and other downtown project contractors to coordinate construction efforts, including closures and detours.

Please use our Arlington@Work online citizen request form regarding any concerns with the Downtown construction projects. Arlington@Work helps the Village handle your concerns expeditiously.