Construction Updates

Below are updates and detailed information on each of the projects scheduled to start in 2018. For State Street Reconstruction updates, visit the Downtown Construction page. 

City Engineering Contacts:
Brian Stone, Engineering Technician (815) 838-0549 x2316
Daniel Hansen, Program Engineer, (815) 838-0549 x2315

Division and Gougar Intersection Improvements and Signalization

Project will include the widening of both Gougar and Division at the intersection, to include turn lanes. Project will also include a traffic signal (including pedestrian signals), curb and gutter, storm sewer and landscape restoration. 

Main Contractors
Engineering Services: Transystems
Construction Services: D Construction

Project Timeline
Preconstruction activities completed June 2018. Construction to begin July 2018.

Recent Updates

8/14/18 - D Construction installed Stage 1 drainage pipe and structures this week. Preparation began for aggregate subgrade placement.

8/3/18 – D Construction completed rough grading of Stage 1 and began stage 1 drainage installation. Staging of drainage structures and materials has begun. Continued survey work for drainage elevations.

7/30/18 - Removed and stockpiled topsoil for Stage 1.  Removed Stage 1 paved shoulder, pavement and began grading new ditches.  Prep work to begin Stage 1 embankment, Agg Subgrade and Storm Sewer work next week.

7/20/18 – Construction work has begun. Erosion control measures are installed.  Traffic was shifted into Stage 1 on Thursday 7/19/18. Preparation for topsoil stripping and pavement removal has started.

7/13/18 – Staging of construction message boards at project limits.

6/22/18 – Utility work in area complete. Preconstruction meeting scheduled with IDOT 6/29/18.

7th Street and Washington Avenue Reconstruction

Project will include full Reconstruction of 7th Street, from Madison to Washington, and Washington Street, from 7th to 8th. The improvements will include removal & replacement of the roadway, base, curb & gutter, storm sewer and landscape restoration. 

Main Contractors 
Engineering Services: Lockport Engineering
Construction Services: PT Ferro

Project Timeline
Preconstruction activities completed May 2018. Construction began July 2018.

Recent Updates

8/14/18 – Water main residential tap ons complete. 60% of storm sewer complete. Preparation started for new water main cut in connections. Water main shut downs tentatively scheduled for 8/18/18.

8/3/18 – Water main pressure test complete. Preparation started for storm sewer installation and water service connections.

7/30/18 - Water main install complete. Prep for pressure testing and chlorination this week.

7/20/18 – Continued water main installation on 7th Street. Approximately 700 ft installed. Pressure test completed on previously installed water main at 7th Street & Madison Street.

7/13/18 – New water main tap ons complete at Madison & 7th. Started preparation for water main installation at 8th and Washington.

7/6/18 – Water main installation on 7th started. Approximately 510 ft installed. Note: Intersection of Madison & 7th to be closed down Monday, July 9th for cross street water main installation.

6/29/18 – Preparation for construction activities. Staging of construction material and equipment. Tree removal complete. Roadway construction markings made.

6/22/18 – ComEd and Nicor utilities work completed.

8th Street and Valley Lane Reconstruction

Project will include water main replacement, curb repair & replacement, sidewalk repair & replacement and roadway reconstruction on 8th Street and Valley Lane. Also included is roadway resurfacing on 8th Street from Adams Street to Summit Drive as well as full roadway reconstruction on Summit Drive from 7th Street to 8th Street.

Main Contractors
Engineering Services: Chamlin & Associates, Inc.
Construction Services: PT Ferro

Project Timeline
Pre-construction activities completed in May 2018. Construction began June 2018.

Recent Updates

8/14/18 – Asphalt surface coat complete throughout project limits. Sod placed in disturbed areas of project.

8/3/18 – Remaining curb, sidewalk, and driveway aprons installed. Preparation started for roadway resurfacing. Roadway patching and asphalt work started on Summit Drive.

7/30/18 – Water main connections complete. 90% of new curb installed. Prep for sidewalk and apron installation has begun.

7/20/18 – Water main cut in connections began to abandon old main. Preparation began for curb and roadway removal.

7/13/18 – Water main testing complete. Crews began connecting residential water services to allow for abandonment of old water main.

7/6/18 – Water main installation and pressure testing complete. Water testing in process.  

6/29/18 – Watermain installation 90% complete. Water main installed on 8th Street between Valley Ln and 9th Street as well as Valley Ln from Adams Street to 8th Street. All fire hydrants installed. Sidewalk removal complete.

6/22/18 – Construction layout and tree trimming complete. Resident construction notices distributed. Construction complete on approximately 300 ft of water main along 8th street.  

2018 Resurfacing Phase I

This project will involve resurfacing, patching, curb repair and sidewalk repairs across the City. Locations are various across the City.

Main Contractors
Engineering Services: Christopher Burke Engineering
Construction Services: PT Ferro

Project Timeline
Preconstruction activities completed May 2018. Construction work began June 2018.

Recent Updates

7/6/18 – Resurfacing, sidewalk removal and repair, and curb removal and repair complete on Summit Dr, Arrowhead South, and Bunratty Dr.

6/29/18 – Curb and drainage structure removal complete on Summit Drive. New curb and sidewalk installed. Arrowhead South subdivision curb and sidewalk removal and installation complete. Pavement removal started.

6/22/18 – Construction work started on Summit Drive south of Division Street. Curb removal and saw cutting started at intersection of Summit & Division.

2018 Resurfacing Phase II

This project will involve resurfacing, patching, curb repair and sidewalk repairs across the City. Locations are various across the City.

Main Contractors
Engineering Services: Christopher Burke Engineering
Construction Services: PT Ferro

Project Timeline
Preconstruction activities completed July 2018. Construction work to begin August 2018.

Weekly Updates

8/14/18 – Surface remove began on roads west of State Street. Surface preparation started for surface paving.

8/3/18 – Preconstruction meeting held with PT Ferro on 8/2/18.

7/20/18 – Project awarded to PT Ferro after City Council vote on 7/18/18.

7/13/18 – Bid opening held on 7/10/18. Project scheduled to be awarded July 18th, 2018.

Well 15

Project will involve the construction of a new deep well at the existing Well 10 Site, along 151st Street, just west of I-355. The new well will be a deep well and will include a water treatment facility as part of the project.

Main Contractors
Engineering Services: Strand Associates
Construction Services: Layne Construction

Project Timeline
Preconstruction activities completed May 2018. Site preparation completed June 2018. Well drilling to begin August 2018.

Recent Updates

8/14/18 – Continued well drilling. Bed rock reached at depth of 106 ft.

8/3/18 - Well drilling started 8/1/18. Last known drill depth or 40 feet. Continued drilling this week.

7/30/18 – Drilling equipment set up. Site prep to begin drilling 8/1/18.

7/20/18 – Silt fence installed on project site. Well digging equipment mobilized to area. Preparation for well drilling has begun.

6/22/18 – Layne’s subcontractor J&S started and completed construction of the drilling pad onsite this week. Layne is working on scheduling of our subcontractor to install silt fencing along the east, north and west edges of the pad that would drain into the adjacent farm fields.

151st Street Water Main

Install new water main along 151st St from MacGregor west approximately 600’. Estimated to start August 2018.

Main Contractors
Engineering Services: Strand Associates
Construction Services: Len Cox & Sons

Project Timeline
Preconstruction activities completed July 2018. Construction work to begin August 2018.

Weekly Updates

8/3/18 – Preconstruction meeting scheduled on 8/14/18.

7/20/18 – Project awarded to Len Cox & Sons after City Council vote on 7/18/18.  

7/13/18 – Bid opening held on 7/12/18. Project scheduled to be awarded July 18th, 2018.

Exeter and Oak Avenue Water Main

Main Contractors
Engineering Services: Strand Associates
Construction Services: Len Cox & Sons

Project Timeline
Preconstruction activities completed July 2018. Construction has begun July 2018.

Weekly Updates

8/14/18 – Water main installation complete on Oak Avenue. Shutdown to occur this week for cut in (residents will be unaffected). Preparation began for water main install at Exeter and Sagebrook.

8/3/18 - Construction started on Oak Avenue. Approximately 300 ft of water main installed. Continued installation of remaining water main throughout week.

7/30/18 – Bid opening held on 7/12/18. Project awarded July 18th, 2018. Construction materials staged. Prep work for install has begun.

Frances and Market Street Drainage Improvements

This project will involve the installation of underground drainage piping and structures to both Frances and Market Streets to relieve residential flooding concerns.

Main Contractors
Engineering Services: Christopher Burke Engineering
Construction Services: TBD

Project Timeline
Preconstruction activities completed July 2018.

Weekly Updates

8/3/18 – Bid opening held on 8/2/18. Project to be awarded at City Council meeting on August 15, 2018.

Anticipated Projects

Oak Avenue Water Main
Install new water main along Oak Avenue from Deerwood Drive to Willow Walk Drive water main to complete loop and remove dead ends to minimize iron and particulate build up. Currently out for bid. Scheduled to start July 2018.

163rd Street Water Main
Install new water main across 163rd St to connect to Sagebrook subdivision to complete loop. Currently out for bid. Scheduled to start July 2018.

GIS Mapping
Collection of locations and public utilities data to provide accurate information and inventory of City owned infrastructure and underground utilities. Ongoing project over next few years.

Gougar Road Water Main
Gougar Road from 163rd Street north to Well 14 (Oak Prairie School) extension / loop connection. Scheduled to start October 2018.

Farrell Rd Multi-Use Path
Install new multi-use path along Farrell Road from Bruce Rd to Division St. Estimated to start late summer / early fall 2018.

2018 Storm Water
Upgrade storm water piping system. Work planned for fall 2018.

Frances Street Storm Water
Install storm sewer to limit flooding along Frances St. Work planned for fall 2018.

Daviess Street Culvert Replacements
Chevron is replacing culverts under Daviess St for 13th St drainage ditch as part of the overall West Side Flood Improvement project. Work is scheduled to start summer of 2018.