Current Status (October 13, 2017)
During the summer/fall of 2017 the southern portion of Area 2, Elm Street, was separated. The northern part of Area 2 is between First and Main Street from VanNortwick to IL Route 31 and is in the planning stage for design with no estimated time for construction. The remaining section will be separated with the Main Street reconstruction project with anticipated construction in 2019.
Status (July 2017)
All storm sewer has been installed on Route 31 and Elm Street. There remain some concrete curb and sidewalk work to take place on Elm Street and it will be completed by the end of the week. There are areas at the corner of Elm Street and Route 31 where the State will be replacing the sidewalk with the Route 31 resurfacing job and additional sidewalk put in on Elm at the Jefferson intersection with the City's street resurfacing program. The pavement patch along Elm will be completed by early next week (week of July 24th). The pavement patch is being left low on purpose because the City's resurfacing contractor, Geneva Construction, will be following behind this crew with milling and resurfacing Elm Street. Lastly, the restoration of the parkway shall be completed with seed and blanket by the end of July.
Status (June 2017)
Final engineering plans have been completed and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) permit has been approved. Project is anticipated to start the week of June 19th, 2017. The construction will start in the northbound lanes of IL Route 31 at Elm Street. Lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the duration of work on IL Route 31. Construction will move to the southbound lanes next and then over to Elm Street once the intersection work has been completed.
The purpose of this project is to start analyzing the combined sanitary and storm sewer system and start separating the storm sewer out. The area numbers are a reference to the Trotter Study that was completed in 2008 for separating the combines system. These improvements will aim to provide adequate pipe capacity per today's design standards that will reduce and eliminate water back up while increasing the ability of the water to flow through the storm system. The City has hired Rempe-Sharpe to complete a study of the area and prepare final engineering drawings of the southern part Area 2 to separate the sewer.
During the June 2015 rain event the area bounded by Elm Street, from Jefferson to Route 31 on the north, experienced storm water back-up that resulted in water filling numerous streets, yards, and occasional houses. Since this area is combined with both storm and sanitary sewage the back-ups came up through floor drains and were deemed sanitary back-ups. The City would like to alleviate these back-ups and design a storm sewer system able to handle at least the 10-year event as a standalone system, which is current design practices for new development. As the storm sewer is separated from the combined system, the combined sewer will eventually become just a sanitary sewer.
Please see the limits of the Final Engineering Plans of Area 2.
This project is funded through the City Council's budget (PDF) allocated to alleviating drainage issues throughout the city.
If you have any questions about the project please email Andrea Podraza or call 630-454-2757.