The first phase of a nearly $1 million road/water main project will begin this spring on Maple Avenue south of Burlington Avenue in Brookfield.
Brookfield trustees this month are expected to green light work to abandon a section of water main which runs beneath Maple Avenue and connect those services to an existing 12-inch water main underneath the west parkway.
Village Engineer Derek Treichel said the water main work should have “minimal” impact to traffic on Maple Avenue, where service connections will be made via directional boring, not tearing up the pavement.
The water main work is the preliminary phase of a much larger project set for 2013, repaving Maple Avenue all the way from Burlington Avenue to 47th Street. The total cost of the project, said Treichel, is expected to be $955,000. Sixty percent of the cost will be borne by the federal government, through its collector route grant program.
Brookfield will be responsible for 40 percent of the final total cost, said Treichel, about $425,000. It is expected that Brookfield will use motor fuel tax funds, which the village collects annually, for the work.
Maple Avenue south of Burlington was reconstructed in the mid-1980s, when the village took over control of the roadway from Cook County. At that time, the village installed a storm sewer.
The work that will be done in 2013 will include milling off the existing asphalt and resurfacing it with a new two-inch coating of asphalt. Sections of curb, gutter and sewer that have failed will also be replaced, although this work will fall far short of a total reconstruction.
Maple Avenue north of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad tracks underwent a more extensive improvement in 2005. Particularly south of the Memorial Circle, traffic was interrupted as crews laid down new water service lines.
But Treichel said that traffic flow shouldn’t be impeded much during the resurfacing project in 2013.
“We’ll have live traffic on the street except on days where we’re paving,” Treichel said.