By Bob Uphues
Brookfield officials have laid out plans for its 2018 street improvement project, the third year of an effort funded by $22 million in bonds approved by voters in 2016. By the end of the project the village will have reconstructed or resurfaced almost 40 percent of its residential side streets.
As the 2017 road construction season wraps up, Village Engineer Derek Treichel on Sept. 25 laid out for members of the village board what streets would be targeted for improvement next year.
About 2.5 miles of roadway will be improved using about $5.8 million in bond proceeds next year. That will bring the total to about 10.5 miles of improved roadway since 2016. The village in 2017 tackled the worst streets in the village.
In 2016, Brookfield sold $9.3 million in bonds to fund the first three years of improvements, and officials expect a second bond issuance in 2018, of between $6 million and $7 million, which will bring the total amount of bonds sold to about $16 million.
That issuance will pay for a portion of the 2018 improvements as well as improvements in 2019 and 2020. The village likely will issue the balance of the $22 million approved by voters in 2020.
Streets slated for improvement next year include:
Cleveland Avenue from Grand Boulevard to 31st Street
Jackson Avenue from Cleveland to Grand
Rosemear Avenue from Brookfield Avenue to Washington
Vernon Avenue, from Ogden to Burlington
Lincoln Avenue, from Madison to Maple
McCormick Avenue, from Southview to Riverside Drive
Riverside Drive, from Arden to Hollywood
Parkview Avenue, from Arden to the alley west of Rosemear
Windemere Avenue, from Vernon to Prairie
Elm Avenue, from Shields to Ogden
Elm Avenue, from Brookfield Avenue to Fairview
Park Avenue from Brookfield Avenue to Grand
Most of the work on those streets will involve resurfacing the pavement. The village also is planning on making about $1.23 million in sewer improvements; that work will be funded through reserves in the village's water fund.
Parkview Avenue from Arden to the alley west of Rosemear will be completely reconstructed, including new curb and gutters, something the street presently lacks.
The work will also include adding handicapped accessible sidewalk ramps at intersections, replacing deteriorating sections of curb and gutter, replacing driveway aprons disturbed by the construction and restoring parkways disturbed by construction.
In addition, bond funds will be used to improve the main parking lot (off Elm at Congress Park Avenue) at Ehlert Park. Work will include not only resurfacing the lot, but the installation of drainage structures, storm sewer, storm water storage structures, curbs, gutters and sidewalk.
One other section of roadway to be improved in 2018 is Elm Avenue, from 31st Street to Monroe Avenue. That improvement, which includes reconstruction of the pavement, replacing sections of deteriorated sewer and drainage structures, installing handicapped-accessible sidewalk ramps, replacing sections of curb and gutter and driveway aprons affected by construction, is being funded largely through a federal Community Development Block Grant.
The work to improve the stretch of Elm Avenue, including both design and construction, is expected to cost about $887,000.
Both the bond-funded and grant-funded work will go out for bidding in early 2018, with work expected to start in the spring.