Prairie Street Reconstruction

Current Status (July 2, 2020)

Earthwork excavation for pavement construction started this week beginning at Pine Street working north. On Tuesday/Wednesday next week final watermain connections will be made at Laurel St, Cleveland St, and Webster St.

The road reconstruction will continue next week for Stage 1 areas between Pine Street and Chestnut. Please be aware that there will be temporary closures for these blocks of Prairie Street next week while this work takes place. And if you live in the segment of Prairie Street between Pine Street and Chestnut you will likely be blocked out of your driveway temporarily during the day. Driveway access will be restored at the end of the workday.

Status (June 19, 2020)

As of June 19th, Pirtano Construction has finished water service installations south of Laurel Street and connections to the existing watermain at Chestnut and Locust are now complete.  Watermain work is being done at Pine Street to disconnect the existing main and begin storm sewer work.  Storm sewer work will continue the week of June 22nd.  This work will start at Pine Street and go north.

Status (June 12, 2020)

As of June 12th, the contractor is finishing up water main installation on the north end of the project on Prairie Street and is continuing to install water services to homes. The week of June 15th water service installation work will continue south of Laurel and the work is expected to continue thru Tuesday. Starting on Wednesday, the contractor will begin making connections from the new water main to the existing main at Chestnut St, Locust St, and Pine St. Once the water main connections area finished, storm sewer work will begin.

Status (June 5, 2020)

The contractor is continuing to install water main along the east parkway of Prairie Street. As of June 5, new water main piping has been installed to Webster Street. The week of June 8 work will continue with the contractor installing water main valves at Prairie (north of Webster St), Webster St, and Cleveland St both today and on Monday. While this work is taking place crews will be installing the new water services to the houses along Prairie Street, south of Laurel.

Status (May 29, 2020)

The contractor is continuing to install watermain along the east parkway of Prairie Street. As of May 28, watermain piping has been installed to just north of Laurel Street. NICOR has also begun the installation of new gas main along the west parkway. They will be installing new main and new gas services for most houses. If you live along south Prairie St you may expect to hear more from NICOR representatives regarding the changeover to your new gas service.

The week of June 1st construction of the remaining watermain will continue to the north to just south of Wilson Street and NICOR crews will be on-site installing gas main and services.

The City of Batavia Water Department is extremely diligent in making sure your drinking water is safe and our internal policies for testing exceed IEPA mandates for new water main operation. Once all watermain is installed, the Batavia Water Department will be flushing and drawing numerous bacteriological samples of the new watermain. Once all samples receive satisfactory status from the laboratory, new water services will be installed to each house along Prairie St. The contractor will notify you prior to the work and you may have a short disruption to your water service during this time.

Status (May 22, 2020)

The contractor is continuing to install watermain along the east parkway of Prairie Street. As of May 22, watermain piping has been installed to Laurel Street. The contractor will not be working on the Memorial Day holiday. Starting on May 26 the contractor will continue installing watermain lateral connections at side streets including Locust Street and Chestnut. Once this work is completed the contractor will continue construction of the watermain north of Laurel Street on the east parkway. This work will also include directional boring of the watermain just north of Laurel. The contractor will also begin testing and flushing of the newly installed watermain south of Laurel. NICOR will begin relocation work on Wednesday and we expect this work to be completed in the next 4-5 weeks.

Please be aware that Northbound Prairie Street is closed for the duration of the project and the detour signage to Raddant Road and Wilson Street has been posted. Expect delays if driving thru the construction area along Prairie Street and avoid the construction area whenever possible.

For further information on this project please see the project webpage.

Status (May 15, 2020)

The contractor is continuing to install watermain along the east parkway of Prairie Street. As of May 15, watermain piping has been installed to Chestnut Street. For the week of May 18 the contractor will continue north to Laurel Street and then begin installing the fire hydrants, water services, and watermain lateral connections at side streets. Once this work is completed the contractor will begin testing and flushing the watermain. 

Work north of Laurel Street has been delayed until NICOR completes gas main relocation in the area. We hope to see this work completed in the next 5-6 weeks. 

Please be aware that Northbound Prairie Street is closed for the duration of the project and the detour signage to Raddant Road and Wilson Street has been posted. Expect delays if driving through the construction area along Prairie street and avoid the construction area whenever possible.

Status (May 08, 2020)

The contractor has completed setting up the traffic control with detour signage and closure of the northbound lane on Prairie Street. Please be aware that WESTBOUND Pine Street from Hart Road to Prairie Street has also been closed to thru traffic. Follow the posted detour signage and expect delays if driving thru the construction area along Prairie Street.

Tree removal, trimming, and tree protection fence installation have been completed and storm sewer and watermain materials have been delivered to the site. On May 7, the contractor began the installation of watermain at Pine Street and this work will continue north along the east parkway to Laurel the week of May 11. The contractor will be working on Saturday, May 8, removing sidewalk along the east parkway in preparation for watermain construction. NICOR is expected to be begin relocating existing utilities north of Laurel to Webster in the next 1-2 weeks.

Status (April 30, 2020)

The contractor began setting up traffic control signs, message boards, and erosion control silt fence along Prairie Street this week. On Friday, May 1, the contractor will begin tree trimming and tree removal to allow room for the construction of new watermain and storm sewer. Tree protection fencing will also be installed at this time. Trees in the parkway that are required to be removed are marked with a white painted ‘X’. Please note that the orange tape that is used for marking trees denotes where tree protection fencing is needed.

The week of May 4th the contractor will start the pre-stage work which includes setting up detour signage and closing the northbound lane on Prairie Street, only southbound traffic will be allowed thru the construction area from Wilson Street to Pine Street. Geneva Construction will then begin grinding asphalt along the northbound lane and Pirtano Construction will begin the installation of the new watermain starting near Pine Street. 

Status (April 22, 2020)

The pre-construction meeting for this project was held on April 22 and the contractor is expecting to begin preparatory work on Prairie Street starting on Friday, April 24. This work will include the installation of traffic control signs, message boards, erosion control measures, and tree protection fencing. The construction work is not expected to get fully underway until existing utilities are relocated to make room for the new improvements. You can expect to see NICOR workers in the area working on these relocates over the next several weeks.

Resident construction notices and project informational brochures were mailed out this week. A copy of the letter and brochure is provided here:

Construction Start Notice

Prairie Street Construction Information Brochure

Status (March 25, 2020)

The Prairie Street Reconstruction (Stage 1) project bids were opened by IDOT on March 6, 2020. IDOT is currently reviewing all the bids and will be awarding the contract in the coming weeks. Currently, the construction is still anticipated to begin in late May early June 2020. Below is a copy of the latest approved design plans for construction.

Please stay tuned to the project webpage for construction updates.

Prairie Street Reconstruction Plans

Status (February 6, 2020)

The Phase II Engineering design and plan preparation is nearing completion and Prairie Street Reconstruction is currently scheduled for the March 6, 2020 IDOT letting. Plans are still being finalized and will be posted on the project webpage once they become available.

The Prairie Street reconstruction project is anticipated to take place from late May thru November 2020, weather permitting. Construction will include utility relocations, new storm sewer, watermain, sidewalk, concrete curb and gutter, full depth asphalt replacement, and restoration from Pine Street to the BNSF railroad just south of Wilson Street. Construction will be phased to maintain southbound traffic throughout the majority of the construction duration. Northbound traffic will be detoured.

The City of Batavia has received funding to pay for the majority of the construction and construction engineering of this project. Funding breakdown is as follows:

Funding Sources

Federal Funds

Local Agency - Batavia


Type of Work






Construction - Roadway






Construction - Engineering






Construction - Watermain






The City will host an open house for this project on Wednesday, May 6th 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at City Hall Council Chambers.

At the meeting you will have the opportunity to:

• Review the project plans, detour route and schedule.

• Talk with the project team and ask questions.

Status (January 18, 2019) 
The Phase I Preliminary Engineering study portion of the Prairie Street Improvements project will be completed very soon. We expect the Preliminary Design Report to be submitted to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) by the end of January at which point the project will move into Phase II Final Engineering Design.

City staff will be discussing the project in detail at the COW meeting on Tuesday, January 29th at 7:00 pm at City Hall. If you are a Batavia resident and would like to provide input on this project, we invite you to attend and encourage you to provide comments before we continue the next phase of the project.

Once the design is completed, we will move into the bidding phase and project construction which is anticipated to begin during Spring/Summer of 2020.

Status (December 5, 2018) 

The Public Meeting for the Prairie Street Improvements will take place on December 5, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at City Hall. City staff and our consultant, CMT, will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have. If you are not available to attend the meeting please feel free to email Timothy Grimm with any comments or questions.

This is a summary of Phase I Planning Exhibits that will be available at the meeting.

Status (November 12, 2018) 

The City has submitted Phase I reports to the ICC and IDOT with conceptual design information related to the Wilson Street and Prairie Street intersection. Once comments are received regarding the  IDOT intersection reports CMT will be submitting the Draft Preliminary Design Report to IDOT.

The City of Batavia has scheduled a Public Meeting (Open House format) for December 5, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at City Hall in the Council Chambers.
At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to:

  •  Review the project purpose and need.
  •  Review and provide input on improvements under consideration.
  •  Talk with the project team and ask questions. 

Status (September 11, 2018) 

The engineer, CMT Engineers, provided a project update to the Committee of the Whole meeting on September 11, 2018. CMT provided an overview of the project and updates regarding coordination with the ICC and IDOT.

Status (March 20, 2017) 

The engineer, Chicago Testing Laboratory, will be taking pavement cores along Prairie Street the week of February 20, 2017. Also, the week of February 27th soil borings are scheduled to be taken along the corridor of Prairie Street from Wilson Street to Pine Street.

Status (February 1, 2017)

The Phase 1 Preliminary Engineering is now underway. The consultant, CMT Group, has begun data collection work and has crews on-site that will be performing a topographic survey in the area. Residents in the immediate vicinity of the project should have received a notification letter. Traffic counts for the area are also being completed at this time.

Additionally, CMT has submitted an Environmental Survey Request (ESR) to IDOT for review. Copies of ESR exhibits are provided below.

Project Purpose

The City of Batavia has contracted with CMT Group of Aurora to perform Phase 1 preliminary engineering services for the reconstruction of Prairie Street from Wilson Street to Pine Street. Prairie Street is an important route as it is the main roadway for the entrance to J.B. Nelson Elementary School and other local businesses, which is utilized by vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Also, this connects Pine Street to Wilson Street. Last resurfacing of Prairie Street in this portion was in 1995/1996. Since this time, the City of Batavia has periodically crack sealed and performed other minor maintenance operations on this segment of the street.

Description of Work

The City has applied for received Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding through the in an amount just over $1.8 million for the reconstruction of Prairie Street. STP funds that are used on highways projects are administered by IDOT and due to the nature of the work the planning and approval process leading up to actual construction can sometimes take multiple years.

Prairie Street currently is in poor condition and will need to be completely reconstructed. The existing roadway has been overlaid over the gutter so many times there is hardly any existing curb remaining. The proposed improvements include HMA pavement, curb and gutter, lighting, storm sewer, sidewalk, and on-street bike-path. Prairie Street is a connection point for several significant regional routes that travel within the City of Batavia and adjoining communities. This section of roadway is heavily traveled and serves as access to residences, businesses, parks, and schools in the area. Prairie Street is the main roadway that parents use to access J.B. Nelson Elementary School.

With the proximity of J.B. Nelson Elementary School and the local businesses to this project, this roadway is heavily traveled by both pedestrians and bicyclists. This project will consider the addition of an on-street or off-street bike lane, which will tie into the larger Batavia Bicycle Plan. In addition, by repairing and replacing the sidewalks along this route to meet current ADA standards more people will utilize this route. With the addition of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility and high visibility cross-walks/signs, there will be a higher percentage of students walking to school.

Project Location

The limits of the project are from the intersection of Wilson Street to Pine Street.

View a Map of the Prairie Street Reconstruction Project (PDF)

Project Funding

The project is funded at a Federal 80% and Local 20% match. The City has been approved to receive just over $1.8 million in STP funds (Federal Fund) for the Construction and Construction Engineering.

Project Timeline

  • Preliminary Engineering - Completion March 2019
  • Design Engineering - Completion December 2019
  • Construction - March 2020 to December 2020

Additional Information

For concerns or questions, please email Timothy Grimm, PE or by calling 630-454-2756.