Main Street Reconstruction
Phase I approval is anticipated in spring 2016. Phase II engineering design is expected to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017 and Phase III construction anticipated during 2017. This timeline may be altered as the City progresses through the IDOT process and phases of engineering. Please check back for updates.
Main Street is an arterial street in Batavia that is also a designated truck route as a main thoroughfare for our residents. The last time Main Street was resurfaced was 1990 and the pavement has now met and/or exceeded it useful life and needs to be replaced. When considering replacement of the pavement the City addresses the fact that in addition to being a thoroughfare for our residents Main Street also houses many utilities under the road. Main Street is one of the City’s three corridors that have combined sewers, meaning both storm sewer (rain runoff) and sanitary sewer (dirty house water) utilize the same pipe. With the street being replaced this is the most opportune time to separate the storm sewer from the sanitary. After the storm sewer is completely separated from the combined sewer the line will be only utilized for sanitary and lined as a maintenance item to extend the life of the sanitary pipe. The existing 4” watermain that was installed prior to 1930 will also be replaced with an increased pipe size to match that of the City’s Overall Water Main Improvement map & plan. Since the street will be torn up and in order to reach all of these utilities the street will be completely reconstructed, meaning taking the road back to the stone base, with new curb and gutter and sidewalks.
Several years ago the City applied for and received $2.5 million in Federal Surface Transportation Funds (STP Funds) for Main Street, which is the maximum allowable Federal Funding that can be awarded. For this project the City received funding specifically for the construction and construction inspection of the roadway. With all projects that receive STP Funds the process is lengthy to receive approval for construction, sometimes taking several years. The City will be following the IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) process.
Through the course of Phase I the City held an open house meeting on November 12, 2014. This was publicly advertised for and had good attendance. This meeting showed interested parties and stakeholders four different options, shown below, for future layouts of Main Street and this handout was provided:
• Concept Alternate A
• Concept Alternate B
• Concept Alternate C
• Concept Alternate D
The City’s consultant, Civiltech, presented the alternatives at the May 5, 2015 Committee of the Whole meeting with a staff recommendation of Alternate E as shown in the presentation. After Council and resident discussion a motion was made to recommend Alternate A as the preferred alternate for Main Street and was presented and passed at City Council on May 18, 2015.
Main Street from Van Nortwick Avenue to Water Street
Staging plans have not been prepared at this time. It would be anticipated that once construction begins the streets will be local access only and at times be completely restricted. City staff will work with residents and business along within the construction limits to make sure access to their home or business is available at all times. More information will be available as we get closer to construction.
The project is funded at a Federal 80% and Local 20% match. The City has also been approved to receive $2.5 million in STP funds (Federal Fund) for Construction and Construction Engineering.
There are no plans available at this time. Please look under Project Description for exhibits of the proposed cross section. Keep checking back as the project moves forward, plans and layouts will be posted as they are available.
For concerns or questions, please email Rahat Bari or call 630-454-2760.