Up to five more streets whose conditions rated among the worst in Brookfield in a 2013 survey of the village’s roadways will be repaired next year, Brookfield officials announced last week.
Among those streets that have been slated for improvement are Riverside Drive from Hollywood Avenue to the eastern border of the village, Jackson Avenue from Prairie to Maple and Sahler Avenue from Deyo to Eberly.
In addition, two other streets — Forest Avenue from 29th Street to 30th Street and 29th Street from Forest to Prairie — may be repaired next year if construction bids come in below the projected cost of $1.5 million. The village is budgeting $1.2 million for street repairs in 2015.
The scope of work for next year’s road program includes resurfacing the pavement; replacing deteriorated sections of sewer, drainage structure, curbs and gutters; installing handicapped-accessible ramps at intersections; and replacing any driveway aprons that are disturbed by construction.
While Riverside Drive, Sahler Avenue, Forest Avenue and 29th Street will be simple resurfacing projects, repairs to Jackson Avenue will be more extensive. According to Village Engineer Derek Treichel, due to its very poor condition Jackson Avenue will be completely reconstructed.
Jackson Avenue has not been repaved in at least 25 years, said Treichel. The street will be excavated and a new street base constructed and then overlaid with asphalt. In addition, along the entire length of the project crews will install new curbs, gutters, driveway aprons, alley aprons and handicapped-accessible ramps at intersections.
Last year, the village’s engineering firm completed a comprehensive condition survey of Brookfield’s streets. At that time about 3.5 miles of the village’s 53 miles of streets was rated “poor.”
In 2014, the village repaired about one mile of the worst roadways in Brookfield. If the village is able to repair all five streets it has identified for next year’s street program, that would take care of a little less than a mile.
Officials have estimated that it will take through 2017 to finish repairing all of the worst-rated residential side streets in Brookfield.
Sewers will get a look
In response to complaints of repeated flooding after heavy rains in two areas of the village, the Brookfield Village Board on Oct. 13 awarded a $45,372 contract to Romeoville-based Hydro-Vision Technology to clean and televise sections of the combined sewer system.
The month-long project could begin in late October or early November and will focus on the sewers in the south Hollywood section of the village and a triangular area bounded by Kemman Avenue, Washington Avenue, Grand Boulevard and 31st Street.
Hydro-Vision, which was the lowest of three bidders for the work, will clean the 10-inch, 12-inch and 15-inch sewers within the project boundaries to remove any blockages and then run a video camera through the sewers to identify any collapsed areas or other conditions that may be contributing to flooding.
The project should be wrapped up by late November or early December, said Treichel. Hydro-Vision will compile their findings for the village and provide them with DVDs of the sewers that were televised.
Treichel said he would furnish the village board with a report of the project’s findings at a later date.