Friday, September 12, 2014

Restoration Work to Begin

Last week, limited work was performed on-site. The manhole lining contractor began installing the 3rd, and final, application of the lining process. The contractor began spraying the inside of the manholes with the epoxy material. This work is anticipated to be completed by the end of next week.

The contractor is also planning to be on-site on Saturday to complete some minor repairs and remaining work associated with the underground utility improvements. No roadways are anticipated to be dug up.

The Village worked diligently to determine a schedule from Nicor Gas to complete the gas main and service replacement project. Unfortunately, Nicor was not responsive the Village’s request. Therefore, the Village has decide to move forward with the completion and restoration of the project. Nicor Gas will now be responsible for restoring anything they damage during their construction.

The following is the anticipated schedule to complete the project:
Next week: Landscaper to spray weeds that have grown through the topsoil.
Week of September 22nd: Final grading of topsoil and installation of sod.
Early October: Asphalt surface paving.

You likely have noticed crews from National Power Rodding on-site cleaning and televising the sanitary sewers. This work is part of the Village’s 2014 Sanitary Sewer Lining Project. This is a separate project from the Colfax Avenue Project. This work is done under a separate contract as a cost-saving measure.

Thank you again for your patience as we get closer to the completion and final restoration of the project.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Manhole Lining On-Going

Last week, limited work was performed on-site. The most significant construction operation was making concrete repairs within the existing manholes prior to having the epoxy liner installed. This is the 2nd of 3 steps to the epoxy manhole lining process.

Next week the contractor will complete the concrete repairs and install the epoxy liner in the manholes.

The Village is continuing to reach out to NICOR to determine their schedule for completing the gas main and service replacement project along Colfax Avenue. A schedule for completing the work as not been provided to the Village at this time. Currently, the Village is anticipating to complete the asphalt surface paving and landscape restoration after the NICOR work is completed. If the Village cannot get a definitive schedule in the near future, the asphalt paving and landscape restoration will be completed. NICOR will then be responsible for any damage caused during their project.

Thank you for being patient while we coordinate with NICOR to determine the schedule for completing the project. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Epoxy Lining of Manholes On-Going

Last week, DiMeo Brothers completed excavating and adjusting the manholes to final grade along the entire length of Colfax Avenue.  Temporary rubber ramps have been installed around all manholes so they may be driven over.

Also last week, Kim Construction, was on-site beginning the process of internal lining the existing storm and sanitary sewer manholes. The lining is a 3 step process. First the interior of the manholes is cleaned. The second step is to make any necessary repairs to the inside of the manholes and make the interior of the manhole smooth. Finally, an epoxy liner is sprayed on the interior of the manhole. The epoxy liner prevents corrosion of the existing structure and extends the useful life of the manhole. The entire process is completed without any additional excavation around the manhole.

The contractor is currently working on the first phase, cleaning. It is anticipated it will take 1 to 2 weeks to complete all 3 phases for all the manholes.

A majority of the work is completed at this time. The major items remaining to be completed are asphalt surface paving, post-construction sewer televising, and landscape restoration.

The Village is currently in discussions with NICOR Gas to determine their schedule for completing the gas main and service replacement project. Depending on the timeframe of these improvements, the asphalt surface layer and landscape restoration may be completed following this work.

Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Entire Roadway Paved with First 2 Layers of Asphalt

Last week, DiMeo Brothers completed excavating the existing roadway and installing the aggregate base layer.

Arrow Road, the paving sub-contractor, installed the 1st and 2nd layers of asphalt pavement along Colfax Avenue from Harlem Avenue to Elm Street.

Next  week, DiMeo Brothers continue to be on-site performing miscellaneous work, primarily locating and adjusting manhole covers that are currently buried under the asphalt pavement. The manhole covers were intentionally lowered below the pavement to allow for the grading and paving operations to go quicker and provide a smoother driving surface.

During the manhole adjustment work, getting through the work site will be difficult due to the holes in the pavement at each manhole. The manholes will be adjusted such that traffic will be maintained throughout the process. Once the manholes are adjusted, temporary rubber ramps will be installed around the manholes so they can be easily driven over.

Remaining work to be completed includes internal manhole lining, landscape restoration, and asphalt surface paving. The sanitary sewer manhole lining is currently being scheduled. Landscape restoration is scheduled to begin following the Labor Day weekend when the growing conditions are more favorable. The asphalt surface paving will be completed after the landscape restoration and Nicor completes the gas main and service replacement project in the area.

As the project is nearing its end, we understand it is has been a long spring and summer for all the residents who live on and around the project site. Now that the asphalt pavement has been installed, the dust and dirt will be dramatically decreased. There will still be disruptions to your daily travel, but hopefully they will be minimal from this point forward.

We thank you again for your patience and understanding throughout the process.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Road Reconstruction Between Elm Street and Harlem Avenue On-Going

This past week, Arrow Road, the paving sub-contractor completed installing the 2nd of 3 layers of asphalt pavement from Shermer Road to Elm Street. The final layer of asphalt pavement will not be completed for a few weeks when the project is nearly completed.

DiMeo Brothers continued to excavate the existing roadway and install new aggregate base course from Elm Street to Harlem Avenue.

Next  week, DiMeo Brothers will complete the roadway excavation, installation of aggregate base, and grading of the base materials in preparation for asphalt paving from Elm Street to Harlem Avenue.

It is anticipated Arrow Road will begin paving the asphalt binder layer from Elm Street to Harlem Avenue later in the week, likely Thursday or Friday depending on work progress and weather conditions. Once this is completed, the entire roadway will have at least one layer of asphalt pavement installed and the dust should be dramatically reduced and roadway smooth for driving. 

Following asphalt pavement, the contractor will continue to perform various tasks prior to installing the final asphalt surface layer. Some of the work to be completed includes adjusting manhole frames, internal lining of the sanitary sewer manholes, landscape grading, and general site clean-up. The installation of sod is not anticipated to begin until after the Labor Weekend when the growing conditions are more favorable.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during the construction progress. If all goes well, the entire roadway will be paved with at least one layer of asphalt by the end of the week.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Paving Between Shermer Road and Elm Street Started

This past week, DiMeo Brothers continued to excavate the existing roadway in preparation for the new asphalt pavement from Montgomery Lane to Elm Street. The roadway excavation did not progress as far as the previous week because the contractor concentrated on getting Colfax Avenue from Shermer Road to Elm Street prepared for asphalt pavement.

The first of 3 layers of asphalt pavement was installed between Shermer Road and Elm Street. This is a large milestone in the project because it will eliminate much of the dust and create a smoother driving surface along this portion of Colfax Avenue.

Next  week, the asphalt paving contractor, Arrow Road, will install the 2nd of 3 layers of asphalt pavement between Shermer Road and Elm Street. Once this 2nd layer of asphalt paving is completed, the final surface layer of asphalt will not be installed until the project is nearly completed. Work to be completed prior to the asphalt surface layer being installed includes landscape restoration, adjusting manholes, completion of miscellaneous repairs. We will also wait until Nicor Gas completes the installation of a new gas main and services before paving the final surface layer of asphalt.

Next week, the contractor will continue to excavate the existing roadway from Elm Street to the east. During the roadway excavation process, we ask that you do not park on the street or in your driveways in the areas they are working. We are currently evaluating options to make the construction progress move faster. If any of the options decided on will affect access to your driveways more than anticipated, we will be sure to notify you of any access restrictions. Again, the goal is to get the asphalt pavement installed as quickly as possible to eliminate the dusty conditions and provide a smoother driving surface.

With the asphalt paving of the westerly portion of the project, a majority of the dust and dirt will be eliminated and we are getting to the end of the project. We are just as committed to ensuring the easterly portion of the project is completed as quickly as possible. We understand it has been a long spring and summer of construction for all residents within the area and hope the asphalt paving is a welcome sign that the end is near. We thank you again for your patience and understanding.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Road Reconstruction Started

This past week, DiMeo Brothers began excavating the existing roadway pavement and soils under the existing roadway prior installing a new aggregate base course. The contractor started at Shermer Road and worked east to Montgomery Lane. The progress has been a little slower than anticipated due to the poor soils under the existing roadway.

Next week, the contractor will continue to excavate the existing roadway from Montgomery Lane to the east. During the roadway excavation process, we ask that you do not park on the street or in your driveways in the areas they are working. Access to your driveways will be provided at the end of each working day.

We currently do not have a schedule for installing the new asphalt pavement. We want to pave as soon as possible to eliminate some of the dust currently being generated during construction operations and as cars drive through the street.

We apologize for the inconvenience the roadway improvements are causing to your daily lives and dusty conditions along the street.  The Village is committed to minimizing these inconveniences to the greatest extent possible. Thanks again for your patience and understanding.