Construction crews will begin repairing about 1 mile of streets in Brookfield in a matter of weeks after the village board on April 28 voted to award a $1.21 million contract to J. Nardulli Concrete for the work.
Nardulli submitted the lowest of five bids for the project, about 18 percent less than the village’s engineering firm had estimated. As a result, Brookfield will be able to repave two more areas than originally planned.
Village Engineer Derek Treichel told the village board last week that work ought to begin in late May or early June. The work should be complete by late August or early September, said Treichel.
Among the streets to be repaved are Oak and Sunnyside avenues, from Ogden to Shields; Rochester Avenue, from Vernon to Maple; Garfield Avenue, from Grand Boulevard to Kemman; and about 300 feet of Madison Avenue, south from Gerrtisen Avenue.
The streets were listed as among the worst in the village in a survey of road conditions completed last year.
Brookfield hasn’t resurfaced any residential side streets since 2010, when the village obtained a state grant to repair a two-block stretch of Oak Avenue on the north end of town.
But village officials last year approved a five-year capital improvement plan that sought to start an ongoing residential side-street paving program. The village’s 2014 budget set aside $800,000 to fund this year’s street program. About $200,000 from the village’s water and sewer fund will be used for repairs to that infrastructure in the areas being repaved.
Motor fuel tax funds, which the village has used in the past for street resurfacing projects, have been earmarked in 2014 for street maintenance — crack sealing, snow removal, etc. Any MFT funds not used for those purposes will be used to support the repaving effort.
As part of this year’s project, Sunnyside Avenue will be widened by 3 feet to a width of 25 feet to conform to the village’s policy. Oak Avenue is already 30 feet wide and will simply be resurfaced.
Any driveway aprons affected by construction will be replaced, and parkways disturbed by construction will be replanted with turf. The work will also include the installation of accessible sidewalk ramps at corners.
Just the northern half of the 4500 block of Madison Avenue, at one time part of a special service area, will be repaved. The southern half is visibly in better condition and is not in line for repaving at this time.
The resurfacing of the block-long section of Garfield Avenue will come as a great relief to residents. That portion of the street is positively lunar in composition, lined end to end with refilled potholes and crumbling pavement.