Downtown Construction Projects

Downtown Improvement Projects Planned for Spring Construction
Posted on 02/12/2019
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The Downtown area, south of Northwest Highway, will have a busy construction season this spring as various improvement projects get underway. The improvements planned include the installation of larger combined sewer mains in the southern portion of the Downtown. This project is one of several recommended stormwater control projects for the Village that will be funded through the stormwater utility fee and grant funding.

This Downtown sewer project is a key infrastructure improvement identified by three flood studies performed between 2013-2016. Projects identified by the studies are part of the Village’s Capital Improvement Program and are prioritized based on funding availability and how many residents would be benefited by the project. 

The  project area is roughly bounded on the west by Ridge Avenue, on the north by Wing Street, on the east by Evergreen Avenue, and on the south by Sigwalt Street. This project in the Downtown will involve installation of larger diameter pipes to convey storm water. When completed, the larger sewer mains should help mitigate against basement backups for up to 250 homes in this area and target street flooding on Campbell west of Vail. 

In addition to the sewer project, the Village also plans to schedule maintenance work of the brick-paver sidewalks in the Downtown area north of Northwest Highway. This work is tentatively planned for the fall of this year.

The Village is also reviewing plans proposed by NICOR to install all new gas mains throughout the Downtown at new locations in front of the buildings within the public Right of Way. Many of the existing gas mains are located in the roadway. This work is tentatively scheduled to occur from April until November. At this time, the Village is reviewing options regarding limiting schedules for this work and construction staging.

In addition, the Illinois Department of Transportation plans to resurface a portion of Northwest Highway , Union Pacific’s plans to improve the Dunton Avenue railroad crossing and the Village will create three mid-block crosswalks in the Downtown.

The Village will continue to keep interested residents and businesses updated on these projects via articles on the website and social media posts. Informational meetings for residents and business owners will also be held as we get closer to the start of construction. To receive email updates about the Downtown projects, please sign-up here.  Visit our Downtown Construction Projects page for updates and detailed information on the projects.

Photo provided by Lee Hogan.