Homeowners and businesses in the 3800 and 3900 blocks of Prairie Avenue in Brookfield will find themselves in the midst of a construction zone this spring when the village begins a water main improvement project.

The roughly $400,000 improvement is scheduled to begin in May and will take about two months to complete, according to Village Engineer Derek Treichel.

Home and businesses in the two blocks on Prairie Avenue between Windemere and Burlington are served by an old 6-inch water main located beneath the pavement on Prairie Avenue.

The village plans to abandon that water main and replace it with approximately 1,100 feet of new 8-inch main that will be located beneath the sidewalk on the west side of Prairie Avenue.

The work will necessitate the removal of the existing sidewalk on the west side of the street. For a period of 4-6 weeks, according to Treichel, the west sidewalk area will be backfilled with stone while the new water main is being installed.

Connections to the existing water main system will be made at Windemere, Southview, the alley on the east side of Prairie (behind Irish Times) and at Burlington Avenue.

In addition, new copper water service lines will connect from the new main to properties on either side of Prairie Avenue and new fire hydrants will also be installed.

Treichel said that at times during the project water service will be shut off to make connections. The village will send written notice to property owners whenever there is a temporary water shutoff.

Once the water main is installed, a new sidewalk will be poured on the west side of Prairie Avenue. Any disturbances to curbs, gutters, the parkway and driveway aprons will also be repaired after the main is installed.

The work, which was included in the village of Brookfield’s 2015 capital improvement plan, is being paid for by reserves in the village’s water and sewer enterprise fund. 


Funds for tree removal

Brookfield Public Works Director Dan Kaup on Jan. 12 asked the village board to OK using a total of $260,000 that had been earmarked for tree trimming during 2015 and 2016 for the removal of trees infested by the emerald ash borer.

The village will forego tree trimming during the next two years in order to tackle the removal of up to 600 ash trees that are dead or dying because of the invasive pest, which made its first appearance in the village in 2012.

Kaup said he would be seeking proposals from tree service companies for the removal of about 150 ash trees in each of the next two years. The forestry division of the Brookfield Public Works Department is also planning to remove 150 ash trees in each of the next two years. 

That effort will almost completely remove all of the ash trees on public land in Brookfield.