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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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Click here to view a guide to utility flags prepared by the Public Works Department.
To see a gallery of construction photos, click here.

Oak Street and Cherry Street Bridge Construction

New Update as of October 27, 2016

The Oak Street Bridge, just east of Green Bay Road, is a steel and reinforced concrete bridge that has a reinforced concrete bridge deck.  Approximately 19 years ago, the bridge deck was rehabilitated with a thinner concrete overlay.  Last August, 2014, a small portion of that concrete overlay on the Oak Street Bridge Deck failed by delaminating from the original concrete bridge deck.  At that time, the Village Public Works Department secured the area, and then contacted Ciorba Group, the Village’s bridge design and inspection consultant.  Ciorba Group responded immediately, and performed a more extensive investigation of the problem, providing the Village with the appropriate corrective measures to pursue.   
 
The Village’s original objective was to take corrective action by performing the necessary concrete deck patching, but has considered alternative solutions to the problem.  Both the Oak Street and Cherry Street bridges were rehabilitated in the same manner, approximately 19 years ago, and both deck overlays are experiencing similar stages of delamination, as the overlay is approaching the end of its useful life.  The Village will obtain Federal Funding for the rehabilitation of both the Oak and Cherry Street bridges.  As part of the process, the Village received Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) from various engineering firms to perform the necessary engineering studies and design for the rehabilitation of both bridges.  Staff selected the proposal that was in the best interest of the Village, which was then submitted to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), receiving approval for the proposed work and confirmation that the project will be 80% funded with Federal Funds.   Staff then presented the recommendation to the Village Council at the October 20, 2015 Council Meeting, with the Council awarding the contract to Baxter & Woodman.  As IDOT’s review and approval process for bridge design and reconstruction requires a substantial amount of time, it is the Village’s hope to rehabilitate the Oak Street Bridge during the 2018 construction season, and the Cherry Street Bridge during the 2019 construction season.  Baxter & Woodman are currently working on the Phase I Engineering Design programs for both the bridge reconstructions.
 

If you have questions or concerns about the project please contact either Susan Chen or James Bernahl of the Public Works Department, by phone or email at (847) 716-3532 or schen@winnetka.org; or (847) 716-3261 or jbernahl@winnetka.org, respectively.

Sheridan Road Stormwater Improvement and Resurfacing Program

New Update as of October 27, 2016

The State’s contractor has completed the installation of the first layer of asphalt and has made final adjustments to utility structures in the road. Contractor is scheduled to complete the placement of the asphalt path and final surface layer by the end of next week; weather permitting. Motorists traversing this section of Sheridan Road can still expect delays alternate routes are suggested during this work.  Final restoration work and striping is expected to be completed by the end of October 28th.

Work activities in the lower ravine area between Tower Road and Scott Avenue continue to include the excavation and framing for a new larger storm sewer junction chamber. The installation of the new storm water chamber is expected to be completed by the end of the week. Village crews are expected to begin the installation of a new retaining wall to protect the installation of new electrical cabinet which service the pump station at this location. As these work activities intensify residents and motorists can expect to experience increased delays as Sheridan Road will be reduced to one lane during the hours of 7:00am to 5:30pm.

The Contractor will also be performing some minor punch list items from last year’s resurfacing work in the next few weeks.

Due to state funding deficiencies and the passing of a temporary funding bill the contractor is expected to be mobilizing to the jobsite Monday of next week.  This phase of work will involve the removal and replacement of larger storm sewer infrastructure, and motorists traversing this section of Sheridan Road can expect prolonged delays; utilization of alternative routes is suggested during this work.

The Village will be providing weekly updates on the progression of the project.  Because this project is being managed by IDOT personnel all questions specific to the work activities should be directed to the IDOT Resident Engineer, Larry Pray, at 1-847-410-7393; or the IDOT Project Engineer, Jim Stewart at 1-847-705-4262.  If you have any other questions or concerns about the project please contact the Assistant Director of Public Works and Engineering, James J. Bernahl, by phone or email at (847) 716-3261 or jbernahl@winnetka.org, respectively.

Due to inclimate weather condition, this project has been delayed a week.

2016 Street Rehabilitation and Public Improvements Program

New Update as of October 27, 2016

UPDATE: A-Lamp is finishing up their work (miscellaneous concrete sidewalk replacement and asphalt pavement patching).  The majority of the work has been completed.

The Village of Winnetka has contracted services with Corrective Asphalt Materials, LLC (CAM).  CAM will be performing a pavement rejuvenation program on the Village’s streets that have been recently resurfaced.  The pavement rejuvenation procedure is used in the early stages of the pavement’s life to help prolong the useful life of the roadway surface, which will require less long term maintenance, resulting in a cost savings benefit over the remaining life of the pavement.

Representatives from CAM will be delivering an informational letter to all adjacent residents and will be setting up “NO PARKING SIGNS” on the streets to be rejuvenated.  See the sample copy of the letter, below:

10-27-2016 Letter

This year, the Village will be undertaking several large construction projects during the 2016 construction season, which will be completed under one contract.  The bid opening for the 2016 Street Rehabilitation and Public Improvements Program was on March 17, 2016.  Village Council awarded the contract to A Lamp Concrete Contractors, Inc. at the April 5, 2016 meeting.  The program includes Street Rehabilitation, Pavement Patching, Water Main Improvements, and Pavement Striping, throughout various locations in the Village.

Click here to view a map of street rehabilitation locations.

Street Rehabilitation: the following is the list of streets to be rehabilitated:

Street From To Work
       
Cedar Street Oak Street Elm Street Rehabilitation
Edgewood Lane Greenwood Avenue East End Reconstruction
Eldorado Street East of Bridge Prospect Avenue Rehabilitation
Elm Street Arbor Vitae Road Maple Street Rehabilitation
Fish Alley Elm Street Chestnut Street Reconstruction
Garland Avenue Forest Street Church Road Rehabilitation
Hill Road Ridge Avenue Church Road Water Services
Lake Street So. of Asbury Avenue Scott Avenue Rehabilitation + Water Main
Lincoln Avenue Elm Street Prospect Avenue Rehabilitation
Lincoln Avenue Eldorado Street Tower Road Rehabilitation
Maple Street Elm Street Sheridan Road Rehabilitation
Oak Street Locust Street Birch Street Rehabilitation + Water Services
Vernon Avenue Tower Road North End Reconstruction
Westmoor Road Hibbard Road Laurel Avenue Rehabilitation

 

The rehabilitation of the noted streets generally consists of milling the existing surface, repairing curbs where needed, and resurfacing.  On those noted portions of Oak, Lake and Hill, the existing water services to those homes will be removed from the smaller and older 4” water main, and reinstated to the newer and larger water main.  Lake Street will also have a new water main constructed.  Once the Contractor has provided a schedule to the Village, Village staff will send out notices to affected property owners.

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.  .  
                  
All asphalt paving work has been completed on the listed roadways.  Remaining items include restoration, and miscellaneous concrete work at various locations.   The restoration of the work areas with top soil and sod will continue until completed, with the placement of sod. 
 
The reconstruction of the alley that runs from Elm Street to Chestnut Street, immediately west of Green Bay Road has been completed and has reopened to vehicular traffic.  The patching of the adjacent driveway aprons will be completed by the end of the week of October 21st.

Pavement Striping: This portion of the program will provide for the placement of thermoplastic pavement markings at various locations throughout the Village.

The reconstruction of the Alley that runs from Elm Street to Chestnut Street immediately west of Green Bay Road had tentatively been scheduled for completion by the end of the week, October 8th, 2016.  Due to weather related issues as well as a utility conflict there was a slight delay in the placement of the new concrete alley; the Village is expecting the concrete to be placed on Friday, October 14th. Affected businesses where notified by an updated hand delivered notice apprising them of the current situation and the necessary extension of the work schedule.  The contractor is expected to complete the concrete and asphalt work and reopen the alley by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 18th.

 

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Click here to view the notification letter that was mailed out to surrounding residents and businesses.

Letters to Residents:

July 22, 2016 - Westmoor Road Resident Letter

June 28, 2016 - Oak Street Resident Letter

June 28, 2016 - Cedar, Eldorado, Elm, Lincoln, Maple Letter

July 8, 2016 - Lake Street Water Services Letter

July 8, 2016 - Eldorado, Lincoln, Maple, Oak, Hill, Garland Milling Letter

July 12, 2016 - Edgewood & Vernon Reconstruction Letter

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.

2016 Sidewalk and Curb Replacement Program

New Update as of October 27, 2016

This year, the Village joined the Municipal Joint Bidding Program, with the Villages of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood and Wilmette, for the 2016 Sidewalk and Curb Replacement Program.  This program addressed the replacement of sidewalks and miscellaneous sections of curb that were either in disrepair or posed a drainage issue, at various locations throughout the Village.  This project had the bid opening on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, with the Village of Lincolnwood acting as the lead agency.  The Village Council awarded the low bid to Schroeder & Schroeder, Inc., who has successfully completed concrete replacement projects for Winnetka and other communities in the past.  The Contractor has been completed the sidewalk replacement program.

2016 Sanitary Sewer Relining Program

New Update as of October 27, 2016

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 Hoerr Construction, Inc. at the March 17th Council meeting, and all necessary MWRD permits have been obtained.  The Contractor has completed this year’s sewer relining program. 

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.

Green Bay Road at Elm Street Traffic Signal Modernization Project

New Update as of October 27, 2016

This year, the Village is proposing to modernize the traffic signals at the intersection of Green Bay Road and Elm Street.  As part of the modernization, the existing system will be removed and replaced with new traffic signal standards and wiring, as well as accessible pedestrian signals.  At present, the Village is in the initial stages of design and review with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), but will be presenting the Resolution to allocate MFT monies to fund the majority of the work at the April 19, 2016 Village Council meeting.  The Village is still in the review/revision process with IDOT’s, which can take several iterations, and months, before obtaining IDOT approval.  Once IDOT has reviewed and approved the plans, the project will be let out for public bid.  As the project progresses, updates will be provided.

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.

Boal Parkway Pump Station Project

New Update as of October 27, 2016

The Boal Parkway Study Area includes 18 single family residential dwellings on large lots, plus portions of seven more lots adjacent to the study area. The study area is drained by two storm sewer outlets that both drain to the East Diversion Ditch: a 24-inch pipe running through the rear yards of properties along Boal Parkway and Sumac Lane; and a 12-inch pipe carrying the drainage from Boal Parkway.  When the water surface in the East Diversion Ditch rises, the flow of the stormwater is reduced or blocked by tailwater at both storm sewer outlets resulting in yard and street flooding.

The Village of Winnetka sought proposals and statements from qualified engineering firms to provide professional engineering services for the design of a new Storm Water Pump Station to service the Boal Parkway watershed. On April 1, 2016 the Village Council awarded a contract to HR Green, Inc. to be the lead engineering firm for this project.

This week residents within the project limits have been sent notification letters informing them that beginning Monday April 4th representatives from HR Green will begin gathering field data; this work is expected to be completed within a few days. Residents will have access to their property at all times as representatives from HR Green performing surveying activities.

Click here to view the letter sent to homeowners in late March.

If you have questions or concerns about the project please contact James Bernahl of the Public Works Department, by phone or email at (847) 716-3261 or jbernahl@winnetka.org, respectively.

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