2019 Street and Water Main Replacements
In the summer of 2019, the Department of Public Works plans to improve the following areas:
Winona Street (Wildwood to Wilson)-0.20 miles: This project will replace the water main, including all valves and hydrants; remove and replace all curb/gutter and driveway aprons; make necessary drainage improvements; and resurface the complete roadway.
Birch Street (Bertoldo to Western)-0.20 miles: This project will remove and replace all curb/gutter; make drainage and storm sewer improvements; and resurface the complete roadway. Additionally, the water main, including all valves and hydrants, will be replaced from Choate Street to Western Avenue.
Sangamon Street (Shabbona to Central Park) -0.19 miles: This project will remove and replace spot sidewalk and resurface the complete roadway.
This work is scheduled to begin in June, 2019. The contractor is M/J Underground.
Update June 4, 2019: We have awarded the contract but the construction schedule is not available yet. Work is anticipated to begin in June and further updates will be available soon.
Update June 7, 2019: Work on Winona is scheduled to begin June 17th. All trees will be removed from the right of way and the street will be milled over the new water main trench. Parking will be prohibited on Winona Street when construction begins.
Work on Birch and Sangamon will not begin until after July 1st on these streets, with the exception of tree removals on Birch Street. See the attached letters that was sent to affected residents for more information.
Update July 2, 2019: Weather has delayed construction progress. Work is anticipated to begin again on Winona on Friday, July 12th, weather dependent. Birch and Sangamon may not see work until the beginning of August.
Update July 3, 2019: Due to the construction delay, the parking restrictions on Winona and Birch will be lifted until further notice.
Update July 11, 2019: Construction will resume Monday, July 15th. Water disruptions may occur on this date between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. After restoration of water service, you may experience discolored water for up to 24 hours. Residents should check water clarity before use by running the COLD water until it runs clear.
Update July 22, 2019: The water main has been installed on Winona. Work on this street will shift to sewer and water service installation. On Tuesday, July 23, water main work will begin on Birch Street. Water disruptions may occur on this date between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. After restoration of water service, you may experience discolored water for up to 24 hours. Residents should check water clarity before use by running the COLD water until it runs clear.
Please Note: Water main maintenance may cause exposure to lead from service lines or household plumbing fixtures. It is not known for certain if this project will adversely affect the lead (if present) plumbing in or outside your home, however, there are measures to reduce any possible exposure if present. Once the project is complete run your cold tap water for a minimum of two minutes to flush your service line and plumbing. For more information, please visit the Villages web site at www.vopf.com and click under “Public Works” then the “Water” and “Lead Info Notice” for more information.
Update July 26, 2019: The water main has been installed on Birch Street. The following work is planned for the week of July 29th:
1) Winona Street: Continued testing of the new water main followed by connecting homeowners services to the new main.
2) Birch Street: Continued testing of the new water main followed by connecting homeowners services to the new main. Storm sewer will be installed in the north parkway.
3) Sangamon Street: Concrete cutting of the sidewalk to be removed will begin.
Update August 13, 2019:
1) Winona Street: Water Main work is completed. Concrete work has begun. All curb and driveway aprons are being removed and replaced. Resident access to driveways and street parking is prohibited until further notice.
2) Birch Street: Water Main work will be finalized this week. Water services will be replaced and the old water main abandoned.
3) Sangamon Street: Concrete work is complete. Residents may use their driveways again starting August 19th.
Update September 2, 2019:
Concrete and restoration work will be complete this week, September 6. Asphalt work will begin soon. Parking will be prohibited on affected areas of Birch, Winona, and Sangamon during paving operations. Residents will have emergency driveway access if needed but are encouraged to stay off the roadway until work is complete.
Please continue to check this site for further updates.