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Current Construction Projects

The Village of Winnetka continues to change and improve, often with the help of public infrastructure projects. We strive to provide up-to-date information about the projects with the most impact on those living, working, and visiting the community.  Please keep in mind that construction zones can be dangerous. The Village encourages everyone to heed construction signs and warnings and to ensure that children do not play on or near construction sites.

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Hubbard Woods Train Station Platform Repairs

New Update as of August 17, 2017

Work at the Hubbard Woods Train Station continued this week with platform surface rehabilitation and phase work located adjacent to the Green Bay Trail. Union Pacific has requested access to the Green Bay Trail from the Winnetka Park District and the Village of Glencoe.

The Platform Rehabilitation Project consists of the removal of a deteriorated concrete panels and asphalt currently serving as the walking surface, and replacing it with a poured concrete surface to serve as a temporary repair method until a larger capital project can be arranged to rehabilitate the greater station area. The project is split into four phases, each containing one quadrant of the platform, and is approximately taking two weeks to finish per phase.

Each pour date consists of 1 to 3 ready mix concrete trucks and one concrete boom truck traversing the Green Bay Trail. This equipment would enter from the southern Wilson Avenue trail entrance, traverse northward to the Hubbard Woods Metra Station, pour concrete, and exit northward out the Harbor St. access point.

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Willow Road Resurfacing Project

New Update as of August 17, 2017

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun the Willow Road Resurfacing and Pedestrian Ramp Project.  The project limits extend from the bridge over the Skokie River (immediately west of Forest Way Drive) through the intersection at Provident Avenue/White Oak Lane.  The project includes localized removal and replacement of curb and gutter, and the replacement and upgrading of the accessible ramps along the corridor limits, localized pavement base repair, and the milling and resurfacing of the pavement with Hot-Mix Asphalt.  Peter Baker and Son is the paving contractor who was awarded the contract.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) continued work on the Willow Road Resurfacing and Pedestrian Ramp Project.  IDOT’s contractor, Peter Baker, finished PCC grinding east of Hibbard Road this week on August 7th – 9th and began priming and installation of poly level binder on August 10th that will continue through August 14th.

The contractor is expecting to return next week with the following schedule:

August 15 – August 18: Raising structures.

August 21 – August 25: Installation of HMA surface

August 28 – August 29: Completing striping.

IDOT has indicated that it hopes to have the project completed by August 29th prior to school recommencement, weather permitting.

If you have questions or concerns about the project please contact Lawrence Pray, the IDOT Resident Technician, or Michael Denne, IDOT Project Manager, by phone or email at (847) 705-4300 or Lawrence.Pray@illinois.gov; or (847) 705-4461 or Michael.Denne@illinois.gov, respectively.  If you wish to speak to someone at the Village of Winnetka Public Works Department, please contact James Bernahl at (847) 716-3261 or jbernahl@winnetka.org

Willow Road Resurfacing Plans

Lincoln Avenue Parking Lot Reconstruction

New Update as of August 17, 2017

As part of the Village's commitment to maintaining and improving its infrastructure, the Public Works Department inspects its parking lots on an annual basis for necessary repairs or improvements.  During these inspections the Village also looks for opportunities to add storm water Best Management Practices (BMP's) to improve water quality and storm water retention.  Due to its deteriorated condition, the Lincoln Parking Lot, located directly south of the Community House and west of Lincoln Avenue, has been scheduled for extensive rehabilitation work this summer.  On July 11, 2017, the Village Council approved the change order to the current Street Rehabilitation and Public Improvement Program Contract with A Lamp Concrete Contractors, for the reconstruction of the Lincoln Avenue Parking Lot.

The project began Monday, July 31st, to be completed the week August 28th, weather permitting.  The work will be phased in such a way so as to allow for limited access to portions of the parking lot and the Galleria parking garage through most of the construction process.  However, in order to expedite the construction, the western parking lot will be closed to all parking during its reconstruction, and the closure of the parking garage access from the parking lot will need to be closed for a limited time.  Alternate parking will be made available during this time (See below).  The construction process and general schedule and phasing has been outlined in a notification letter provided to all affected properties, and the parking lot will be posted with informational signing.

The Village realizes that this parking lot reconstruction project will cause a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience to the merchants, patrons, and adjacent residents of the Lincoln/Elm Business District, and to the commuters who utilize the parking lot.  However, the Village Public Works Department and Police Department have coordinated efforts to keep the disruption to a minimum. 

Displaced parking will be addressed as follows:

August 17 – August 28: ALamp will perform the reconstruction of the east lot, in a single phase.  No traffic access or parking will be permitted through or on this lot during construction.  The west lot will remained closed to parking until the parking stalls have been marked with pavement striping, which has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 26th, weather permitting.  Upon striping of the lots, the center parking aisles of the western lot will remain closed until the permeable pavers have been constructed.

(This construction will have no impact on the Galleria garage access).

Parking For Displaced Commuters and Merchants:

· Displaced vehicles should not park in 90 minute zones, so as not to cause a disruption to the local businesses;

This is intended for anyone who parks in the Lincoln Ave lot for more than 90 minutes. In other words, a permit holder who parks in the Lincoln lot for the day, should not park their vehicle in a 90 minute zone. The Village will still enforce the 90 minute zones even if someone has a permit displayed.  Parking for these vehicles can be in non-90 minute parking areas, primarily north of the Lincoln/Elm business district;

· Existing permit holders may park in 2-hour zones and do not need to call for permission. Permit holders must display their placards so Village personnel can identify the vehicles as being displaced from the Lincoln Avenue lot.


For Other Vehicles:

· Visitors who are non-permit holders will need to call the Police non-emergency number at 847-501-6034 to request permission for a 2-hour zone.

If you have questions or concerns about the project please contact either Susan Chen or Mehdi Vakil of the Engineering Division of Public Works, by phone or email at (847) 716-3532 or schen@winnetka.org; or (847) 716-3530 or mvakil@winnetka.org, respectively.

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2017 Street Rehabilitation Program

New Update as of August 17, 2017

This year, the Village will be undertaking several large construction projects during the 2017 construction season, which will be completed under one contract.  The bid opening for the 2017 Street Rehabilitation and Public Improvements Program was on April 5, 2017.  Village Council awarded the contract to A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc. at the April 18, 2017 meeting.  The program includes Street Rehabilitation, Pavement Patching, Water Main Improvements, and Pavement Striping, throughout various locations in the Village. 

Street Limits Work Activities
Asbury Avenue Grove Street to Vernon Avenue Rehabilitation + Water Main/Services
Asbury Avenue Vernon Avenue to Lake Street Reconstruction + Water Main/Services
Birch Street South End to Willow Road Rehabilitation
Cherry Street Locust Street to Linden Street Rehabilitation + Water Main/Services
Cherry Street Linden Street to Green Bay Road Rehabilitation + Water Main/Services
Chestnut Street Willow Road to Oak Street Rehabilitation/Reconstruction
Church Road South End to Green Bay Road Rehabilitation
Hill Road Chestnut Street to Ridge Avenue Rehabilitation
Humboldt Avenue Foxdale Avenue to Prospect Avenue Rehabilitation
Humboldt Avenue Prospect Avenue to Sheridan Road Rehabilitation
Lincoln Avenue Prospect Avenue to Humboldt Avenue Rehabilitation
Pine Street Killian Court to Lincoln Avenue Rehabilitation

 

The rehabilitation of the noted streets generally consists of milling the existing surface, repairing curbs where needed, and resurfacing.  Minor storm and sanitary sewer structure repair will also be performed, as necessary.  On those noted portions of Asbury Avenue and Cherry Street, portions of the project will have new water main constructed, and the existing water services to those homes will be removed from the smaller and older water main that is to be abandoned, and reinstated to the newer and larger water main on those noted streets.  New sections of water main will be constructed on Asbury, between Randolph and Lake Street; and on Cherry Street, between Birch and Green Bay Road.
 
The reconstruction of the noted streets consists of the complete removal of the existing pavement, curb/gutter, pavement base course, and any necessary repair/replacement of underground utilities, and the placement of new aggregate sub-base course, new concrete curb and gutter and new asphalt base, binder and surface courses.  As this scope of work requires much cooperation with affected residents, the Village will notify each affected resident with a detailed schedule of construction events, in addition to advance notification of when affected residents will need to relocate their vehicles during the construction of the concrete curb and gutter.
 
Pavement Patching: Miscellaneous pavement patching will be performed at various locations throughout the Village to address winter weather destruction and damages caused by water main breaks.  Advance notice will be provided to affected residents.  
                       
Pavement Striping: This portion of the program will provide for the placement of thermoplastic pavement markings at various locations throughout the Village.

The construction on Birch, Church and Hill has been completed, aside from pavement marking and restoration.  The Contractor has completed the installation of the new section of water main on Asbury, and has also finished transferring the water services to the new/larger water main.  At the end of the week of August 14th, The Contractor will begin removing and replacing damaged curb and sidewalk on the western portion of Asbury.  This western portion of Asbury has then been scheduled for milling the asphalt surface, beginning Monday, August 21st, and anticipated the placement of the first course of asphalt on Wednesday, August, 23rd, weather permitting.  Adjustments to the manhole structures in the pavement will occur the remainder of that week, and the final surface of asphalt is scheduled to be placed on Asbury, through the entire limits of the construction, on Monday, August, 28th, weather permitting.  .

ALamp will begin the transferring of water services on Cherry Street beginning Friday, August 18th, continuing through August 30th, weather permitting.  Notification letters will be delivered to the affected homes.  The North Shore Gas Company will be starting to lower the gas main through and adjacent to the intersection of Cherry Street and Chestnut Avenue in preparation for the reconstruction and lowering of this intersection to address drainage concerns.  This work will begin the week of August 14th.  The construction process and general schedule has been outlined in a notification letter provided to all affected properties.

If you have questions or concerns about the project please contact either Susan Chen or Mehdi Vakil of the Engineering Division of Public Works, by phone or email at (847) 716-3532 or schen@winnetka.org; or (847) 716-3530 or mvakil@winnetka.org, respectively.

July 3, 2017 Street Rehabilitation Resident Letter

May 5, 2017 Street Rehabilitation Resident Letter

May 19, 2017 Street Rehabilitation Resident Letter

June 12, 2017 Street Rehabilitation Resident Letter  

July 21, 2017 Street Rehabilitation Resident Letter

August 3, 2017 Street Rehabilitation Resident Letter 

2017 Sidewalk and Curb Replacement Program

New Update as of August 17, 2017

This year, the Village once again joined the Municipal Joint Bidding Program, with the Villages of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood and Wilmette, for the 2017 Sidewalk and Curb Replacement Program. This program addressed the replacement of sidewalks and miscellaneous sections of curb that are either in disrepair or pose a drainage issue, at various locations throughout the Village. 
 
The Contractor has completed the program for this year.

2017 Pavement Rejuvenation Program

New Update as of August 17, 2017

 

This year, the Village of Winnetka entered into the joint partnership with various adjacent municipalities for the pavement rejuvenation of recently resurfaced asphalt pavements.  The Winnetka Village Council awarded the contract to Corrective Asphalt Materials, LLC, at the April 18th Council meeting.

This year’s pavement rejuvenation program will begin the week of August, 21st, weather permitting.  The Contractor will notify all affected adjacent properties prior to commencing the work.

If you have questions or concerns about the project please contact either Susan Chen or Mehdi Vakil of the Engineering Division of Public Works, by phone or email at (847) 716-3532 or schen@winnetka.org; or (847) 716-3530 or mvakil@winnetka.org, respectively.

2017 Sanitary Sewer Relining Program

New Update as of August 17, 2017

This year, the Village of Winnetka entered into the joint partnership with various adjacent municipalities for the trenchless relining of existing sanitary sewers.  The Winnetka Village Council awarded the contract to Visu-Sewer of Illinois, LLC, at the April 18th Council meeting, and all necessary MWRD permits have been obtained.

The Village has had the pre-construction meeting with the Contractor, and they are anticipating commencing work the week of October 2nd and October 9th, for cleaning and televising, and then begin the relining the week of November 6th through 17th.  Prior to beginning the work, the Contractor will notify all affected homeowners with a letter/door hanger that briefly describes the procedure and any necessary instructions to the homeowner, at least 24 hours in advance, with a letter that briefly describes the procedure and any necessary instructions to the homeowner.

If you have questions or concerns about the project please contact either Susan Chen or Mehdi Vakil of the Engineering Division of Public Works, by phone or email at (847) 716-3532 or schen@winnetka.org; or (847) 716-3530 or mvakil@winnetka.org, respectively.

Oak Street and Cherry Street Bridges Rehabilitation

New Update as of August 17, 2017

The Village of Winnetka is proposing to rehabilitate Cherry Street and Oak Street Bridges over the Union Pacific Railroad. The project will consist of repairs to the bridges and adjacent pavement and sidewalk. During construction, each bridge will be temporarily closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Metra access from the Oak Street Bridge will be temporarily closed during construction. The Cherry Street Bridge will be completed and opened to traffic prior to the closure of the Oak Street Bridge. This work is tentatively scheduled as follows:

• Cherry Street Bridge closure March 2019 through July 2019
• Oak Street Bridge and Metra access closure July 2019 through November 2019

Any interested person who believes a public information meeting should be held for this project may request a meeting by contacting James Bernahl at (847) 716-3261 or via email at jbernahl@winnetka.org. To be considered, requests must be received by September 8, 2017. A public information meeting will be held if the public response demonstrates sufficient interest.

Maps, drawings, and other information are available for viewing and inspection by the general public. Please contact the person listed above to make arrangements to view this material.

Informational Flyer

Fiber Optic Installation by Wide Open West (WOW) - Internet, Cable and Phone

New Update as of August 17, 2017

The Village has issued a permit to Wide Open West (WOW) for the installation of a fiber optic route. In the next few days, WOW contractors will begin construction of this fiber optic route. The path of The path of this fiber optic cable will be routed underground in the right of way along the side of the street. This project will begin on the west side of Old Green Bay Road around the curve at Fisher Lane and continue to the south side of Hubbard Street where it will cross over to the east side of Old Green Bay Road. It will then follow along the east side of the curve and cross over to the south side of Tower Road where it will continue to the end of the road east of Sheridan Road.

WOW contractors will be using a directional boring method to install these fiber optic cables to minimize surface disruptions. With directional boring, JULIE locates are required to identify all existing underground utilities. WOW contractors will have to dig and expose all existing utilities that may cross over our build path to prevent any damages to your existing utilities.

8-9-2017 Resident Letter

Sanitary Sewer Backflow Prevention Program

New Update as of August 17, 2017

The Sanitary Sewer Backflow Prevention Program is a cost sharing program between the Village of Winnetka and the homeowners of single family homes built before 1970.  This year, the Village Council budgeted $105,000 toward the Sanitary Sewer Backflow Prevention Program.  The program is administered by Staff on a first come, first serve basis.  The program was a great success.  As of June 6th, all monies have been utilized.  No further reimbursements will be processed this year.  If you were in the process of installing a backflow device, or were considering entering the program, Village Staff cannot process your request until further funds are made available.  However, Staff will continue to accept all required documentation and schedule the required pre-construction inspections, but cannot make any further reimbursements, as noted.  The Village Council shall retain the sole and exclusive discretion to determine the funding for each fiscal year.
 

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