Houston Street Construction Updates

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December 3 Update:

  • Since there has been a delay in receiving the roadway lighting and street light control panel, Thorne Electric has not returned as mentioned previously.   They are planning to be on site the week of December 14 to start pulling wire in the conduits, installing the control panel, and installing the pedestrian lighting.  Delivery of the street light poles has been delayed until December 23, so Thorne Electric is planning to install street lighting the week of December 28.  The installation of the street light poles will impact some parking stalls, require intermittent lane closures, and impact intersections when that work is being done but this work will be isolated.
  • Breezy Hill has completed installing the brick at the intersections and is installing the poly sand mix in the joints.  Breezy Hill should have the poly mix and landscape restoration completed by the end of the day on Friday, December 4. 
November 20 Update: 

The Houston St. Streetscape project is substantially complete, and the road was reopened to through traffic last Friday, November 13.  Streetlights will be received in late December; installation will impact some parking stalls, require intermittent lane closures, and impact intersections when work is being done but it will be isolated.  Remaining landscape plantings will be done next spring.  Thank you for your patience during construction of this project.  We hope you will have an opportunity to visit Houston St. soon to see the improvements that have been made.  

Below is the work scheduled for the remainder of this week and the week of November 16:


  • The final surface has been installed and the striping will be completed tomorrow, Friday, November 13.  Following that, the roadway will be reopened to traffic.    
  • Planter island trees will be planted tomorrow, November 13.  No other plantings will occur in the planters until spring of 2016.
  • Rainmakers Irrigation will return after the trees are planted to install the drip line that will complete the system.
  • Thorne Electric is planning to return the week of November 16 to start pulling wire in the conduits.  We are anticipating the street light poles will be received by the first week of December.  The installation of the street light poles will impact some parking stalls, require intermittent lane closures, and impact intersections when that work is being done but this work will be isolated.
  • Breezy Hill should be finished installing the brick at the intersections by Friday, November 20, in the Water St. intersection and at Batavia Ave.  These sections of sidewalks will reopened as the brickwork is finished.  Breezy Hill has two small retaining walls to build and some landscape restoration to complete, as well. 
Below is the work scheduled for the remainder of this week and the week of November 9:

  • Abbey should be finished pouring all the concrete sidewalk and punch list items in preparation for final surface. They are also working on cleaning up the roadway.
  • Rainmakers Irrigation has finished installing valve boxes in the planter islands and constructing the control cabinet.  They are waiting on trees to be installed prior to installing the drip line to complete the system.
  • Thorne Electric still has a few street light pole foundations to pour concrete for.  They will be on site tomorrow to complete them.  They are planning to return the week of November 16 to start pulling wire in the conduits.  We are anticipating the street light poles to be received by the first part of December.  At that point, Thorne will return to start installing them.
  • Breezy Hill is nearly finished with installing brick pavers in the fountain plaza area and will move to other brick sidewalk sections at the intersections. They will be on site at least 2-3 weeks to complete all the brickwork.  Breezy has also started landscape restoration and will continue with that as areas get completed.
  • We anticipate clean up preparations for the final lift of asphalt to occur Monday, November 9.  The final lift is being installed Tuesday, November 10, and striping will follow.  We are planning to have the entire roadway and some of the sidewalks open by Friday, November 13, weather permitting. 

Please note that there will be brickwork and street light work occurring beyond Friday, November 13, that will impact some parking stalls, require intermittent lane closures, and impact intersections when work is being done in those locations, but this work will be isolated. Some sections of sidewalks will remain closed until the brickwork is completed, and they will be opened as the brickwork is finished. The street lights and ornamental lighting will progress once they are received. 

As the end of the project nears, current activities have been included, along with work scheduled for the weeks of November 2 and November 9:

  • Abbey is nearly finished pouring concrete in the section of Houston Street between Water Street and Island Avenue, and all the planters have been completed.  They will be working on the section between Water Street and Batavia Avenue pouring sidewalks and driveway aprons.
  • Rainmakers Irrigation is on site installing valve boxes in the planter islands and constructing the control cabinet.
  • Thorne Electric is on site to pour the last few street light pole foundations.  They will return when the light poles are received to start pulling wire and installing street lights.
  • Breezy Hill is currently on site installing brick pavers in the fountain plaza area first and then moving to other brick sidewalk sections at the intersections. They will be on site at least 2-3 weeks to complete all the brickwork.  Breezy will also be starting landscape restoration the week of Monday, November 2.
  • We anticipate clean up preparations for the final lift of asphalt to occur Monday, November 9.  The final lift is being installed Tuesday, November 10, and striping will follow.  We are planning to have the entire roadway and some of the sidewalks open by Friday, November 13, weather permitting.

Please note that there will be brickwork and street light work occurring beyond Friday, November 13, that will impact some parking stalls, require intermittent lane closures, and impact intersections when work is being done in those locations, but this work will be isolated.

The following is a status update and work scheduled for the week of October 26:
  • Abbey has completed the roadway curbs.  They have started pouring concrete sidewalks and will be on site for the next 7-10 days to complete the last planter, driveway aprons, and sidewalks.
  • Asphalt binder course is now completed.
  • Rainmakers Irrigation is on site installing valve boxes in the planter islands and constructing the control cabinet.
  • Thorne Electric is on site to install street light pole foundations and electric hand holes.
  • Breezy Hill is scheduled to start installing brick pavers on Monday, October 26, in the fountain plaza area and sidewalk sections at the intersections.
The following is a status update and work scheduled for the week of October 19:

  • Landmark is expected to be on site starting Friday, October 16, to perform the final grading for the sidewalks and excavate the four  planters that are immediately behind the roadway curb.
  • Abbey has completed the roadway curb with the exception of a few repairs to make prior to sidewalks being installed.  Tentatively scheduled to begin pouring concrete sidewalks on Monday, October 19. They believe they will be done in about two weeks.
  • Asphalt binder course is now completed.
  • Rainmakers Irrigation will return to install their valve boxes in the planter islands by mid-week.
  • Thorne Electric is on site to start installing street light pole foundations and electric hand holes.
  • Breezy Hill is tentatively scheduled to start installing brick pavers the week of October 26 in the fountain plaza area and sidewalk sections at the intersections.
The following is a status update and work scheduled for the week of October 12:

  • Landmark is currently performing the final grading of the roadway in preparation for the asphalt paving scheduled for next Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Abbey will complete the curb work between tomorrow and Saturday, if necessary. By Saturday, we are expecting Houston Street to be fully curbed and graded for asphalt.
  • Beginning tomorrow and running through all of next week, Landmark will be excavating and installing stone backfill behind the street curbs for the sidewalks.
  • Contractor will begin paving the roadway with the asphalt binder course on 10/13 or 10/14 (it’s likely that it’ll be 10/13).
  • Rainmakers Irrigation will install their valve boxes in the planter islands on 10/15.
  • Thorne Electric will begin installing street light pole foundations on 10/15.
  • Tentatively scheduled to begin pouring concrete sidewalks on 10/16.
The following is a status update and work scheduled for the week of October 5:

  • Thorne Electric has completed all the installation of conduits for the street lighting.  They have also installed most of the receptacles in the islands.  Thorne will return to install the street light foundations once the mainline curbs are completed.
  • The pavement in the Island Avenue intersection was removed today, and the removal of the asphalt in the Water/Houston intersection is going to be done Friday, October 2.  The grading of aggregate will be completed this Saturday in preparation for the curb installation to follow.
  • On Monday, October 5, Geneva Construction will be on site to install binder ramps at each end of the excavated areas on Water Street and Island Avenue because the stone ramps simply will not last too long.
  • Abbey Paving will be installing the roadway curbs the week of October 5.  The first step is to install string line for the curb machine, which will take place on Monday and Tuesday with the final grading work being done by the curb machine Tuesday.  At this point, the installation of the curb is set for Wednesday, October 7, with all the small sections of curb around structures and at driveways to be done Thursday, October 8.
  • Geneva Construction is tentatively scheduled to install asphalt binder on October 14, and Thorne Electric is coming back a couple days later to start the street light foundations.

The following is a status update and work scheduled for the week of September 28:

  • Thorne Electric held off returning Monday and Tuesday due to the roadway milling, but they will finish installing conduits for street lighting this week.  They will remain on site early next week to install the conduits and receptacles in the islands before they are filled with planter mix.  Thorne will return to install the street light foundations once the mainline curbs are completed.
  • The planter islands in the mainline sidewalk between Island Ave. and Water St. are installed.  The planters adjacent to the street will be installed after the mainline curb is installed.  The roadway curbs are planned to be installed the week of October 5. 
  • The removal of the asphalt was done except in the Island Ave. and Water St. intersections.  Excavation to prepare the subgrade has started at Batavia Ave., and that process will be moving east as sections are completed.  We will be performing several proof rolls as this process progresses to so the base course can be installed.  Access across Water St. and Island Ave. will be kept open but there will be minor delays at times at these intersections.
 The following is a status update and work scheduled for the week of September 21:

  • On Monday, September 21, Thorne Electric will be finished installing conduits for street lighting.  They will return to install the street light foundations once the mainline curbs are completed.
  • The storm sewer work is now completed. 
  • The irrigation sleeves between the planter islands are now completed. 
  • The concrete contractor is on site starting the concrete installation for the planter islands.   They have underestimated the level of expectation we have with the planter curbs and it now looks like they will be working on them through most of next week. We plan to have the sidewalk completed on the east side of Island Ave. next week.  As of right now, we are planning on roadway curbs being done the week of October 5.  
  • The removal of the asphalt is planned for the week of September 21.  Once this is done, there will be excavation equipment preparing the subgrade prior to placing the base course.  As mentioned in the last update, once this process is complete, there is a small amount of underdrain to install prior to installing the curbs.  Access across Water St. and Island Ave. will be kept open but there will be minor delays at times at these intersections.
The following is a status update and work scheduled for the week of September 14:

  • Thorne Electric will continue to install conduits for street lighting. They have completed the installation of conduits and the ornamental light pole foundations on the north side of Houston between Water St. and Island Ave. (from the Depot to City Hall).  Thorne will continue to install conduits on the north side of Houston St. west to Batavia Ave. before moving to the south side.  The street light foundations will be installed once the mainline curb is installed.
  • The storm sewer work is now completed and that contractor will be off the job until they are needed to do inlet adjustments with the mainline curb.
  • The irrigation contactor is on site and beginning to install sleeves between the planter islands. 
  • The concrete contractor is planning to be on site Tuesday, September 15, to start the concrete planter islands.   We plan to have the curb and sidewalk completed on the east side of Island Ave. at the same time.
  • The removal of the remaining asphalt is planned for the week of September 21.  Once this is done, there is a small amount of underdrain to install before starting to work on the sub-grade.
The following is a status update and work scheduled for the week of September 8:

  • Thorne Electric has started installing conduits for lighting and receptacles. By the end of the week they will be nearly finished with the north side of Houston between Water St. and Island Ave. (from the Depot to City Hall). Thorne will continue to install conduits on the north side of Houston St. west to Batavia Ave. before moving to the south side. They are installing the light pole foundations for the ornamental lighting located along the north side of the walkway.
  • The storm sewer work will just about be completed by the end of the week. The storm sewer contractor will be finishing up with adjustments, pouring inverts, and cleanup on their end. There is a small amount of underdrain piping to install that will be done at a later date when the remaining asphalt is removed.
  • The irrigation contactor is expected to be on site by the middle of the week.
  • We are also planning on starting the concrete planter islands by the end of the week. We plan to have the curb and sidewalk completed on the east side of Island Ave. at the same time.
  • There will be no work during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The following is the work scheduled for the week of August 31:

  • On Monday, August 31, Thorne Electric will start installing electric conduits. There are a lot of conduits to install on the north side of Houston between Water Street and Island Avenue (from the Depot to City Hall), so they will be there for a week or two. Once this section is completed, they will start installing the conduits for the south side and the section between Water Street and Batavia Avenue.
  • The storm sewer work continues. The storm sewer between Water Street and Island Avenue is about finished so they will move back to the section between Water Street and Batavia Avenue. 
  • Tentatively scheduled is the irrigation contactor for the week of September 8, and the start of the concrete work on the planter islands by the week of September 21.
The following is the work scheduled for the week of August 24:

  • The Nicor and AT & T contractors have completed their work.
  • The storm sewer work continues. The storm sewer between the fountain and Water Street is completed and the storm sewer is installed to nearly the top of the hill. Since the Nicor and AT & T contractors are finished, our sewer contractor will begin to install the storm sewer between the fountain and Island Avenue. The storm sewer work in the Island Avenue area should be done by the end of the week.
  • The removal of the curb and sidewalk between Water Street and Batavia Avenue has been delayed until Monday since there is no rush on that block for this week.
  • Thorne Electric is scheduled to begin installing electric conduits starting Monday, August 31.
The following is the work scheduled for the week of August 17:

  • The storm sewer work continues in the Water Street intersection through early next week and then moving to the Island Avenue area by the middle of next week.
  • Sidewalk and curb will be removed between Water Street and Batavia Avenue next Thursday and Friday.
  • The new Nicor gas main is now in service. They will be on site next Wednesday to retire and disconnect the old gas main and make the final service connections.
  • AT&T has a contractor on site today and next week to resolve conflict with their wires.
The following is the work scheduled for the week of August 10:

  • The Nicor gas main relocation is completed but the contractor will be on site the majority of next week making the final connections and installing services to five buildings.
  • The storm sewer work has started next to the fountain, and they will be working on that large storm sewer crossing for a couple days before starting to install the main line storm sewer towards Water Street.
  • The sidewalks and curbs have been removed between Water Street and Island Avenue in preparation for the storm sewer work with the remaining sidewalks and curbs to be removed something during the week of August 17. The roadway will remain intact through much of the project to help with dust and wet weather.
August 7, 2015: Construction on the Houston Street Streetscape started this past week and is on schedule. This is the third “streetscape project” project the City is completing to revitalize the downtown and make it more pedestrian friendly. Houston St. is closed from North Batavia Ave./Rt. 31 to Water St. and from Water St. to Island Ave. Access will remain open at Water St. to allow for passage of north/south traffic only, although there may be delays. We anticipate that the street will reopen in late October or early November.

There have been some difficulties with vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians attempting to go through the barricades and enter the construction zone. We will continue to add or remove signage to help everyone find their way around the project.