Updates will be made as they become available:
Construction Updates - Week Ending July 12, 2019
La Grange Road
July 12, 2019 Update: IDOT’s contractor will begin grinding/milling La Grange Road from 41st Street in La Grange, North to the Railroad tracks in Downtown La Grange, then turn around and head South to 41st. After this section is complete, the contractor will cross the tracks and begin the process over to 31st Street, then go back South to the tracks. The contractor has informed IDOT that the work North of the Railroad tracks will begin on Thursday of next week. It is advisable to seek alternative routes while this project is underway.
July 5, 2019 Update: IDOT has pushed the start of the La Grange Road grind and resurfaces project back one week, starting on July 15th. During working hours, it is recommended to seek alternative routes once this project gets underway. IDOT is hopeful that the end of August will complete this phase.
June 28, 2019 Update: No Update to report.
June 21, 2019 Update: No Update to report.
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 31ststarting July 8th.
June 7, 2019 Update: No construction work was completed within La Grange Park limits week.
May 31, 2019 Update: No construction work was completed within La Grange Park limits week.
May 24, 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. I would anticipate that sod will start to 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.
April 26, 2019 Update: IDOT’s contractor continues to work along the west side of La Grange Road. Concrete work is completed, except for pulling form boards and restorations. No timeline has been given when milling of the roadway will begin.
April 18, 2019 Update: IDOT’s contractor has poured the new curbs and sidewalks along the east side of La Grange Road and continues with restorations. Work began on the Westside with the removal of sidewalks and curb.
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
July 12, 2019 Update: A few hiccups have occurred this week that has delayed the sewer pipe installation along 31st Street. The contractor needs to obtain permission from the Cook County Forest Preserve to approach on their property to get the remaining 200 feet for sewer pipe installed along the Southside of 31st. Once the County gives permission, the contractor will resume work on this section of pipe. La Grange Park is waiting to hear from the contractor how they plan on crossing the creek and the time frame. The creek crossing is what’s holding up the contractor from starting the restorations to the bike path and Edgewood Ln. Stay tuned weekly for updates on this project.
July 5, 2019 Update: No report from Engineer or Contractor because of the Holiday. The path is open, but use caution as the stone backfill is lose as its not a compactable type. Keep checking back for future work that is required before preparations for restoration begins.
June 28, 2019 Update: The contractor working for Westchester made some progress this week with installing the new sewer pipe along 31st street. The unfortunate part, is they are experiencing bedrock, which requires the breaking of the rock down to the depth where the new sewer needs to be located and slows the progress. The good news is that the bike path is OPEN. The contractor felt that the need for orange fencing was not needed to designate a temporary bike lane as they will not be using the path to the south of 31st for a few weeks. In a few weeks, the contractor will need to get back towards the creeks to finish up the work, which will require closures. Check back weekly for updates and when these closures will take place.
June 21, 2019 Update: The contractor has made progress this week by making the turn to the West along 31st at Edgewood. Next week, weather pending, the contractor will begin to grade and install smaller gravel along the westerly edge of Edgewood lane and install temporary orange fencing to create a pathway for pedestrian use. In the next week or so this path should be reopened. From time to time, the trail will have daily closures as work still needs to be completed near the creek. Over the next few weeks, the contractor will install the new pipe adjacent to 31st Street going West to the new manhole installed to go west under 31st street at Sunnyside. The Village of Westchester and contractor are working on a new plan to cross the creek where they ran into unstable soil under the river. In the next few weeks, work should begin on this portion of the project. After completion of this work, restorations will follow behind with anticipated closures of the bike path and Edgewood during paving. Stay tuned to these updates weekly for updates.
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.
May 24, 2019 Update: Again, weather impacted progress along Edgewood. Roughly 74 feet of pipe installed this week, leaving approximately 475 feet until they reach 31st Street.
May 17, 2019 Update: Weather conditions improved this past week slightly, but not enough for the contractor to gain a lot of ground. On 66 feet of pipe was installed on the Edgewood Sanitary Main. The boring crew installed the piping and casing spaces for the new sewer pipe under 31st. The receiving manhole (east side of 31st) was installed and backfilled.
May 10, 2019 Update: Again, due to the heavy rains and residual water from last week’s rain events, progress was limited. Only 60 feet of sewer pipe was installed under Edgewood. The boring crew as able to reach the Southside of 31st with installing the casing piping.
May 3, 2019 Update: No work was completed this week due to the rain events.
April 26, 2019 Update: Contractor completed another 100 feet of pipe installation this past week. They have just under 600 feet left to get to 31st Street. Boring under 31st is taking a little longer than expected, but the contractor is hopeful of completing the bore and installing the casing pipe, and new sewer pipe under 31st next week.
April 18, 2019 Update: Contractor had an excellent week installing pipe along Edgewood. They have 700 feet left to make it to 31st street. Boring under 31st street continued this week as well, with 40 feet being completed to date.
April 12, 2019 Update: Contractor stopped the installation of 30” storm pipe along Edgewood so that stone could be delivered to the staging area. The contractor also began correcting all silt fence which was damaged during construction so the project would stay in compliance with Illinois EPA regulations. Alessio also installed “head pipe” to try to handle a large amount of groundwater that needed to be pumped out of the excavation trench. This “head pipe” is a 12” HPDE (plastic) and will serve as a temporary conductor for the pumping of The groundwater and will be removed after the sanitary pipe has been installed. Since the last report, another 44 feet of 30” sanitary sewer has been installed. On Sunnyside, the boring under 31st street began, and as of today, 13 feet have been installed. Total Length to reach across 31st street and into the receiving pit is 92 feet.
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 severe 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
July 12, 2019 Update: Suburban General has crossed 29th Street with the new water main installation. The contractor will continue to install water main north of 29th Street next week. Also, the new water main between 31st and 29th will be filled and flushed on Monday. After the flush, pressure testing of this section of pipe will occur. After a successful pressure test, the water main will be chlorinated for a minimum of 24 hours to kill any bacteria. After chlorination, two consecutive days of successful water samples are required. Once the satisfactory results are submitted to the Village, the contractor will begin transferring service connections which may be towards the end of next week.
July 5, 2019 Update: The contractor is making significant progress with the water main installation. By the end of the workday on Wednesday, Suburban General was able to install the connection for Brookpark School and isolation valves before and after this connection. Suburban General will not be working today or this weekend. Hopefully, continued progress will allow them to make it past 29th street by the middle of next week. If this occurs, then Suburban General will work with Water Department staff to fill and flush the new portion. Once this step is completed, a pressure test of the water main needs to be conducted. Once the pressure tests pass, then Suburban General can schedule to have this section of water main chlorinated. This process requires 24 hours to kill any bacteria in the pipe. After 24 hrs, the water main will be flushed, and then two consecutive days of bacteriological water samples are taken. Once the results are received and have passed, Suburban General will fall back and start making service connections to all the homes and school in these two blocks. Stay tuned for next weeks updates on the above sequence of events.
June 28, 2019 Update: Suburban General began the water main installation on Monday morning with making the initial connection to the existing 12” water main under the sidewalk of 31st Street. By the end of the work week (Friday), Suburban General will have installed nearly 600 feet of new water main, which is just short of 30th Street. Suburban General will only be working Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week because of Independence Day. Stay tuned next week for updates and future workflow.
June 21, 2019 Update: Root pruning has been completed this week with anticipation of the
start of the water main installation next week. On Monday, Suburban General will make the initial connection to the 31st main. To accomplish this work, the water main from Harrison to Ostrander along 31st will be shut down during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Tuesday, Suburban General will begin to lay the new main from South to North. Be cautious while driving in this area during the work week, as gravel piles and material may be in the street to expedite the installation process. Check back weekly for updates of this water main project.
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 workflow.
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: Next Tuesday, the Village Board will vote during the Consent Agenda to award the water main work to Suburban General. 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.
May 17, 2019 Update: Suburban General Inc was presented to the Village Board at the Work Session as the lowest responsible bidder and placed on the Consent Agenda at the Village Board meeting on May 28, 2019.
May 10, 2019 Update: This week Village officials opened bids from seven contractors. The low bidder will be presented for a contract award at the Village Work Session meeting on May 14, 2019.
April 18, 2019 Update: Letters will be distributed to the residents along Raymond Ave on Friday or Monday morning informing them of the upcoming water main project. I am also requesting feedback from the residents regarding the material type of their existing water service, whether it is a copper or lead service line. Public Works will work with individual residents if they have a lead service line and are interested in a replacement copper service. More detailed information will be provided once bids are opened and we know what the contract price will be as this is a requirement in the bid package.
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
July 12, 2019 Update: No update to report.
July 5, 2019 Update: Village staff has been attempting to get an easement agreement for the BP station, which is postponing progress. Hopefully, this can be resolved in the next few weeks as the soil samples are a vital component of the design process.
June 28, 2019 Update: No update to report.
June 21, 2019 Update: No update to report.
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 documents, 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 update to report this week.
May 24, 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.
July 12, 2019 Update: Unique has finished the point repairs at all locations scheduled for paving They have three point repairs to complete in the 1400 block of Forest Raod which will take place next week. By Thursday, Unique will have completed all the repairs and demobilized their equipment.
July 5, 2019 Update: Unique Plumbing has completed all the point repairs on Spring and Waiola and completed on the 600 block of Ashland and one on Oak just west of Sherwood. Unique will start up again on Monday with the main focus to complete the five repairs needed between the 500, 400 and 300 blocks of Beach.
June 28, 2019 Update: Unique plumbing has completed all necessary point repairs on Spring and Waiola. Next week, Unique will be working on the 600 block of Ashland than moving on to the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of Beach. Once Unique is completed with the repairs on Beach, two repairs are required in the 1400 block of Forest Road that needs to be completed as part of their contract as well.
June 21, 2019 Update: Unique Plumbing is progressing, but slowly on the point repairs. Unique is currently working on repairs in the 800 block of Waiola. Most likely they will be relocated on Tuesday to another location within the second phase of road work to allow the streets in the first phase to be ground down. On Wednesday next week, Unique will return to complete the remaining point reairs on Waiola which will take them the remainder of next week complete. Check back next week for workflow the following week.
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 (2019 Road Projects)
July 12, 2019 Update: Nardulli continued pavement patching this week. The contractor is hopeful that early next week, Lindaul will begin to lay the binder course of asphalt on Jackson first, then all the other locations by the Friday. The landscape contractor has begun preparing all areas where sidewalks and curbs have been removed. Reminder, the sod will not be installed until after the second phase of paving is complete and until the weather cools down enough so that the grass has the best chance to survive.
July 5, 2019 Update: Nardulli has been hard at work this week with patching weak sub-base on Waiola and Spring. They are only completing half the road at a time to allow traffic local traffic to still utilize the roadway. There are a few weeks of this work left before paving begins.
June 28, 2019 Update: Lindahl Bros. completed grinding Brewster, Spring, Waiola, and Jackson the week. Narduli has been following behind with the removal of poor sub-base portions of the roadways and installing new sub-base before paving begins. This process will take a few weeks to complete. Once all base repairs have been completed, paving will begin which should be in 2 or 3 weeks. Stay tuned for further updates on this project.
June 21, 2019 Update: By the end of the workday today, Nardulli will have completed all the curb, sidewalks and apron replacements on Brewster. On Jackson, only a few locations will need to be completed early next week. On Tuesday of next week, Nardulli’s sub-contractor Lindahl Bros. will begin grinding of the existing roadways. On Tuesday, Lindahl will complete the 700 block of Spring, the 700 – 800 blocks of Waiola and begin on Brewster. On Wednesday, the contractor will continue grinding on Brewster and relocate to Jackson when complete. Nardulli will follow up behind the grinding crew with spot patching on Spring, Waiola and Brewster next week. Stay tuned for more updates next week.
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.
May 17, 2019 Update: The contractor saw cut the curbs, aprons, and intersection sidewalks on the 700 Block of Spring, and the 700-800 Blocks of Waiola. Starting on Monday, the contractor will start with the removals. Only one side of the street will be worked on at a time to lessen the disruption to the residents affected. Letters (see attached) were passed out on Thursday of this week.
May 10, 2019 Update: A few months back, the Village awarded a contract with J. Nardulli Construction Company for the 2019 Paving Program. Village Engineers and staff had a pre-construction meeting with the contractor earlier this week to discuss a schedule of work starting in the next few weeks. The contractor has provided a Phased 1 plan which consists of Brewster from La Grange Road to Spring, 700 block of Spring, 700-800 blocks of Waiola and Jackson from La Grange Road to Barnsdale Road. Work will consist of spot removal of the curb, sidewalks (adding ADA ramps at intersections) driveway aprons, sanitary point repairs, milling of the existing asphalt, frame adjustments, binder asphalt installation, final lift of surface asphalt and any stripping that is needed. The contractor will saw cutting next week, starting on May 16th. On May 20th, the contractor will start to remove at the concrete that needs to be removed on the identified blocks. The contractor gas has been informed to only work on one side of each block at a time, so displaced residents have places to park. The La Grange Park Police Department will be notified of the areas where work is anticipated to allow residents over-night street parking.
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 have been 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.