Engineer’s Report on Roads April 27, 2009: Village Engineer Chris Dopkins provided the following report on roads’ projects: As a result of rain yesterday, all the projects were down. o Evans Avenue: The contractor has removed most of the pavement. They pavement will be recycled and used as part of the sub-base. There are a couple of soft spots as a result of the rain, but they will be fixed as soon as the contractor is working again. o Greenview Project: There will be pipes and materials coming into the site tomorrow. Work will begin on Wednesday. o Marie Avenue: They will begin working setting the first manhole to the east of Elkhorn tomorrow. Right now, we are putting in some rather deep storm sewer. The contractor is using the smallest trench boxes that they can, but the site is pretty much impassable. The 911 agencies have been notified so that emergency vehicles know the proper routes to take in order to get to the homes in that area. For the time being it will be pretty tight and probably for the next week and one-half it will remain that way before residents can get around the work site. May 4, 2009: Village Engineer Chris Dopkins provided the following report on roads’ projects: o Marie Avenue Project – The storm sewer work continues. The contractor should be to Fourth by tomorrow. They are looking to have the underground done, east of Elkhorn by week’s end. The contractor will then begin insulating the main and services. He said he has been coordinating with Street Superintendent Paul Sheppard to have some tree removal done by Harwick and they were out on site working today, as well. o Greenview Avenue Project – The contractor will be up to Greenview from Leland tomorrow. They will be looking at lowering and isolating the water main that runs along Leland on Wednesday morning. All the residents will get an update tomorrow. They probably have one already from the North Park Public Water District whom he thanked for working with them on this. There will be a short time when folks will be out of water on Wednesday morning. It sounds like the contractor will then proceed east from Leland along Greenview with storm sewer. That will be sort of slow going because they have some water main services and laterals that are in the way, so it will take a little time to get that sewer in the ground. o Evans Avenue Project – The contractor continues to core out the roadway. They should be to about Fourth Street and Evans tomorrow (5/5). There will be pipe crews coming in on Wednesday to start laying storm sewer. Rock River Water Reclamation District is also out on site doing some work along Rogers. There are some soft spots on Evans that will be taken care of as the road is being cored out, especially down by the Carlson Boys and Girls Club. Finally, on this project, some construction stakes have “grown legs, gotten up and walked away.” He asked that people leave the stakes in the ground. They tell the contractor how to build the project and it takes a little time to go back and replace the stakes when they are removed. May 11, 2009: Village Engineer Chris Dopkins provided the following report on roads’ projects: o IDOT began resurfacing IL-251 today. That project will involve the roadway from just north of Windsor Road to just north of Machesney Road/Roosevelt. This week they will be doing some milling and laying in some leveling binder. Expect traffic delays going through there. o Marie Avenue Project – We continue coring out the roadway, bringing in some road stone and insulating the water services that will be a little more shallow as a result of the road construction. This activity will go on for the next week or so. o Greenview Avenue Project – The contractor has finished the real deep 60” storm sewer, has also finished the water main lowering, and they will be completing the storm sewer east of Leland probably for the better part of this week. So far, there have been no water or sewer services in conflict with that storm sewer, so it is going a little faster than anticipated. o Evans Avenue Project – One crew is continuing the core-out of the roadway. On the east end by the Carlson Boys and Girls Club, we have another crew that is installing storm sewer right now. That project is starting to move along pretty well right now. May 18, 2009: Village Engineer John Zimmerman provided the following report on roads’ projects: o Village Engineer John Zimmerman reported that IDOT is still working on IL 251; and the Marie Ave., Greenview Ave. and Evans Ave. projects continue to progress with a little slow down from recent rainfalls. June 1, 2009: Village Engineer John Zimmerman provided the following report on roads’ projects: o The construction projects do progress. The storm sewer is virtually complete. The contractor is beginning road excavation on the Marie and Evans projects. They will be starting the road excavation on the Greenview project later this week. June 8, 2009: Village Engineer Chris Dopkins provided the following report on the roads’ projects: o Marie Avenue – There is a water main shut down scheduled to adjust some water mains and a couple of hydrants on one shutdown so residents are not inconvenienced by numerous shutdowns. There will be a continuation of the storm sewer on the west side of Elkhorn and should be done with that by early next week. There are a number of hydrant relocations to do and core out the west side. Curb and gutter will follow. The substantial completion date for this project is August 24. The definition of substantial completion is when all of the pavement is in and you can drive on the roadway and when the roadway is acting like a roadway again instead of a construction site. We are probably about a month ahead of schedule on this project right now. o Greenview Avenue -- The contractor is continuing to core out the road to make way for the new stone base. They are insulating the water main and water services as they go. There is potential to start installing the curb and gutter toward the end of next week, depending on the weather. The contractor is about a week or week and one-half ahead of schedule on that project. o Evans Avenue – The contractor has had the string line up, which is the means for guiding the machine that puts in the curb and gutter on the north side of Evans and the west side of Rogers near the intersection of Rogers St and Elkhorn. Right now, the contractor is waiting for Nicor to make some adjustments to their utility to allow us to finish the storm sewer. Once that is done, we wills tart with the curb and gutter, which could be the end of this week or the beginning of next week. Substantial completion date for this project is around July 17, which is about three weeks ahead of schedule on that project. June 15, 2009: Village Engineer Chris Dopkins gave an update on the roads projects as follows: o Marie Avenue – The underground improvements should be finished this week. The core out and underground base west of Elkhorn should begin next week. o Greenview Avenue – There is a gas conflict on the east end. Nicor should be on site for that tomorrow and then we will finish that project. o Evans Avenue – Nicor should be finishing moving a gas main conflict today or tomorrow. There is a small amount of underground storm sewer left to put in and they should be pouring curb on that project this week. o IDOT Project – N. Second Street - They advised that the major paving is completed. They do have some minor paving left to finish at the side streets and perhaps the turn lanes. They reported that the street stripers would be out next week to put down the pavement markings. June 22, 2009: Village Engineer Chris Dopkins gave an update on the roads projects as follows: o Marie Avenue – The storm sewer was completed last week. The contractor is finishing relocating the fire hydrants. There is one left on the far-east side of the project. They will be continuing the core-out and base west of Elkhorn this week. Hopefully, they are looking at pouring curb and gutter at the end of this week or early next week. o Greenview Avenue – Nicor has moved its utilities out of the way. The contractor has one storm water inlet set, and weather permitting, they should be pouring curb and gutter on that project this week. o Evans Avenue – The underground work is now done. The short stub of Rogers associated with this project is also completed and prepared for curb. The contractor is looking at curb and gutter on the north side on Wednesday of this week, weather permitting. o Follow Up Note: Mr. Dopkins said that he was out to the sites after last week’s rains. He said he was pretty happy about how things performed. Some of the projects do not have the storm water inlets in on them (Greenview and Marie). There was some puddling down there, but overall he was pleased with how things worked at the projects. July 7, 2009: Village Engineer Nick Arps gave an update on the roads projects as follows: o Marie Avenue - Curb and gutter should be installed this week and paving will follow within the next week or two, weather permitting. o Greenview Avenue and Evans Avenue - Curb and gutter were installed last week. The contractor should be on site this week to prep driveways and the roadways for asphalt paving. The paving is tentatively scheduled for the following week, weather permitting. July 20, 2009: Village Engineer Chris Dopkins gave an update on the roads projects as follows: Marie Avenue – Curb and gutter is done and they are close to paving this street. Greenview Avenue and Evans Avenue – Paving was done on both of these streets. They are nearing completion of all the projects. Basically, all that is left is the landscaping restoration. Watering guides will be distributed to the residents regarding the care of the grass. The punch list will be reviewed and closure will be accomplished. August 3, 2009: Village Engineer Chris Dopkins gave an update on the roads projects as follows: Marie Avenue – The contractor has been paving driveways. They will try to do the road paving later this week and restoration the following week. Greenview Avenue and Evans Avenue – This project is essentially complete except for a few punch list items and some ramping up around some existing manholes and valve boxes along with some minor restoration. Resurfacing Project – The letters to the residents have gone out. Letters have also gone out to the residents in the Shore Drive area where the contractors are doing some work through FEMA down there. He thanked Karen Lemmons, Donna Andersson, Chad Hunter and Patty Terpstra for getting those letters out. The work on Shore Drive is ongoing right now. The contractor is waiting for the milling crews to become available and that will happen the week of August 10. That is when milling at the intersections will occur and there will be four to five days of paving thereafter. Should be done by August 18 or 19 timeframe. August 17, 2009: In the absence of Village Engineer Chris Dopkins, Tammy Scott gave the following report: Marie Avenue – Marie Avenue was paved last Friday – The restoration process has begun. Resurfacing Project – The milling last Thursday and the contractor is set to begin surfacing August 18 – They anticipate four to five days for the paving throughout the Village.
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