Significant progress has been made this week. The majority of the aggregate base has been placed from Dugdale to east of Hervey on the north half of the road. We will place the remaining capping stone in the next few days. The northwest corner of Lewis and 14th has been removed and the new stone base has been placed. The curb at this corner was poured today using concrete that should provide enough strength to place the asphalt early next week. We anticipate paving the asphalt and plan to open the new pavement (with a left turn lane on Lewis) by the end of next week. This schedule is weather dependent. The contractor poured the remaining sidewalk near Green Bay Road and along the north leg of Dugdale. The new North Chicago water main passed the required tests and the service connections can begin.
Over the next week we will continue to place the curb along the north side of 14th from Lewis to Dugdale; the remaining aggregate capping stone will be placed between Dugdale and Hervey; asphalt placement will begin at the Lewis intersection; pavement removal, subgrade excavation, and aggregate subgrade placement will continue from Hervey to Greenfield; and water service connections to the new North Chicago water main will begin.
Please use caution driving through the Lewis and 14th intersection as the traffic pattern has been changed and there is a lot of construction activity in the area.
Work has resumed and substantial progress has been made. The new Waukegan water main is live and all work on it has been completed. The new North Chicago water main is in place and is being tested. Once the test results are accepted, the contractor will connect the new services and abandon the existing main. This should be complete in 2-3 weeks.
The aggregate base has been installed for the stage 1 pavement from Lewis to Dugdale. The contractor will continue excavating and placing the aggregate base east of Lewis heading toward Jackson this week and next.
The remaining sidewalk from IL-131 to Dugdale will be placed this week and the curb along the north side of 14th from Lewis to Dugdale will get started this week.
The multi-use path along Dugdale and 14th to IL-131 has been graded and will be paved in the next few weeks. The asphalt base will also be placed west of Lewis once the concrete curb has enough strength.
The Lewis and 14th intersection will have a new traffic pattern soon. There will be one lane in each direction for both roads with no turn lanes. This configuration will be a temporary condition that will only last 2-3 weeks and it will allow the project to combine sub-stages to provide a superior final product in a shorter overall time frame. Please use caution through this area.
The project was shut down for several weeks due to multiple issues. First, the EPA approval of the water main testing took a little longer than usual and then the contractor lost several crews to self-quarantine caused by a positive Covid-19 test by an employee. The impacted crews were not on 14th St but the contractor wanted to make sure everyone was safe and the reduction in available workers caused the project to be put on hold for two additional weeks.
The project was up and running again last week. The contractor is doing the side street connections and the services for the added Waukegan water main. We anticipate this work being completed this week and the contractor will then move to the added North Chicago water main. We will get started on the remaining storm sewer between Dugdale and Lewis soon. Once that’s complete, the contractor will get the subgrade ready for the stone placement.
I was recently notified of an issue with some of the temporary driveways by a resident which we took care of right away. I was also notified a few weeks ago about the lack of mail delivery by a resident. We met with the post office right away and got the temporary mailboxes installed. Please let me know if there are issues on the project that are not being addressed. Our intent is to complete the reconstruction with as few impacts to the residents and motorists as possible but sometimes we are not aware of problems. My information is on the bottom of this page and I will post it on this update.
Kevin Gartley, PE
Work has temporarily halted while the contractor waits for the test results of the newly installed water main. Once the tests are approved, the contractor will begin installing new services to the buildings on the north side of 14th. We anticipate this in a few days.
We were recently informed that the mail was not being delivered to the buildings on the north side of 14th between Greenfield and Dugdale. We met with the post office and worked out a solution for the duration of the project. Temporary mailboxes have been installed and mail delivery has resumed. The mailboxes for buildings between Dugdale and Carter are at the northwest corner of Carter and 14th. The mailboxes for buildings between Lewis and Greenfield are at the northwest corner of Washington Park and 14th.
The contractor continues to install new water main on the north side of 14th. They started at Greenfield and have worked west. They are currently across from Renken and will continue to the tie-in point at Dugdale. Once this is complete the installation of the new water main on the south side of 14th from Greenfield to Jackson will begin. Over the next few weeks we will be testing the new water main and then attaching the services to the new main. Residents and businesses will be notified prior to the service transfers and any other service interruptions.
As part of the installation west of Lewis and the future work in Jackson, traffic will be down to one lane during the day. Please drive carefully through the area and obey the flaggers to keep everyone safe. Thank you.
The additional water main work has been approved and the contractor has ordered the material. We anticipate work resuming in the middle of next week.
The large amount of rain that fell in the last 2 days caused many of the temporary driveways and side streets to get pot holes. A crew will be out tomorrow morning to repair these areas.
Work has temporarily slowed while we await EPA approval for additional water main work. We anticipate approval soon but we do not have an exact date. Until then, the contractor will continue removing pavement from the north side of 14th St. They also plan to start grading and excavating west of Dugdale and completing the sidewalk at IL-131 when weather allows. They will occasionally be working on the traffic signals and street lighting.
Work on the project has restarted after the winter shutdown. Please use caution when travelling through the work zone. The contractor is removing the pavement from the north side of the road and has multiple crews installing storm sewer between Greenfield and Elmwood. There are many trucks entering and exiting the work zone at various locations so be aware that traffic patterns may be unusual. Most of the utility work is complete. There will be occasional lane closures at the IL-131 and 14th intersection for traffic signal upgrade work.
The project is now in Stage 1 configuration. There is one lane in each direction on the south half of 14th St. Please use caution driving through the site while people get used to the change. The north side of the road is closed so the contractor can begin pavement removal and continue storm sewer work. All closures have been removed at Green Bay Road.
The contractor will be on site installing erosion control devices for the winter conditions. ComEd will be on site completing their relocation.