Update: August 10, 2020

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




Update: July 7, 2020

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.


Update: June 11, 2020

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.


Update: April 30, 2020

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.


Update: March 31, 2020

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.


Update: March 16, 2020

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.


Update: November 22, 2019

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.


Update: November 5, 2019

The roundabout is open. There will still be work in the area so please drive carefully and watch for workers. We will be working on installing erosion control measures over the next week and on sidewalk and landscaping as the weather allows. There are still lane closures near Green Bay Road so the contractor can continue to work on the sidewalk and the traffic signal.

The driveways that were excavated to install the storm sewer and water main will be covered with asphalt as a temporary measure for the winter. The sidewalks that were removed near Jackson will also be replaced with asphalt for the winter. These will be replaced with the final product in 2020. The stone trenches in Lewis, Carter, Renken, Glenn, and Jackson will be excavated and asphalt patches will be installed to provide a smooth surface through the winter.

The intersection of Jackson and 14th will be temporarily widened this week to accommodate the future stage changes that are necessary for the reconstruction of the intersection.


Update: October 29, 2019

The roundabout paving is complete. The curb & gutter and driveways at Dugdale are in place. All of the colored concrete for the roundabout apron and the islands is complete. The contractor is installing the street lights, grading behind the curb for the sidewalk and bike path, pouring sidewalk, paving the bike path, landscaping, and installing signs. Storm sewer work is ongoing at Jackson and 14th.

The road is scheduled to be opened on Monday, Nov 4th at 7am.


Update: October 17, 2019

The roundabout paving should be complete today. The colored concrete still needs to be poured for the roundabout apron and the islands. Once the paving is complete, we will be grading behind the curb for the sidewalk and bike path, installing driveways along Dugdale, pouring sidewalk, paving the bike path, landscaping, and then installing signs. We are also installing the light pole foundations and conduit and upgrading the traffic signal system at Green Bay Road. Storm sewer work between Dugdale and Lewis will finish this week and the crew will move to Jackson and 14th. The new water main is installed and the old water main has been abandoned and filled.