With many in the village focusing on the major facelift for East Burlington Street this summer, most in Riverside may not know that summer and fall of 2015 will be filled with road and sewer construction projects.

The work on East Burlington Street is slated to begin in August with the downtown streetscape redevelopment project, which will be followed in the fall by resurfacing of the entire length of East Burlington Street, from Harlem Avenue to Longcommon Road.

Total cost of the work is estimated to be about $1.7 million, of which about $1.2 million comes from state and federal grants.

But in June, Riverside will kick off a major street resurfacing effort, which will target six residential streets. The estimated $1.8 million project is being funded using about $500,000 in motor fuel tax funds and $1.3 million from a bond issue approved by Riverside voters last fall.

Among the streets to be resurfaced this summer will be North Delaplaine Road, from Herrick to Longcommon; Shenstone Road, from Delaplaine to Nuttall; Audubon Road, from Longcommon to Southcote; Nuttall Road from Selborne to Louden; and Lawton Road from Harlem Avenue to Riverside Road.

In addition, the village will repave about 300 feet of Forest Avenue, from the west end of the bridge to the area that was resurfaced as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s First Avenue/Forest Avenue improvements last year.

The work on Forest Avenue will have the benefit of eliminating a pronounced dip in the roadway west of the bridge.

Public Works Director Edward Bailey said the streets chosen were identified as those in poor condition in the village-wide street survey completed in 2014. 

While there may be other roads in poor condition that might have been included this year, the village is holding off because those streets have been targeted for “underground utility improvements in the near future,” according to Bailey.

“The utility projects will pay for the paving of those streets,” he said. “We’re coordinating that with the underground work.”

Work on the residential streets will be limited principally to resurfacing; handicap-accessible sidewalk ramps will be installed at corners where they’re needed. There may also be minor curb and gutter replacement and repair of damaged drainage structures.

“No sewer repairs have been identified at this point,” Bailey said.

It’s anticipated that work will begin on the residential street resurfacing project in mid-June, said Bailey, and will wrap up in October.

Longcommon, Quincy work delayed

Bailey also confirmed that resurfacing projects for Longcommon Road and East Quincy Street, which were originally part of the 2015 street improvement plan, have been moved to 2016.

The entire lengths of both roads, which are considered arterial streets in Riverside, are to be resurfaced. Eighty percent of the funds for the resurfacing of both streets is coming from a federal Surface Transportation Grant, administered by IDOT.

Resurfacing of East Burlington Street is also being funded by a federal Surface Transportation Grant.

Sewer work moved up

Meanwhile, the first phase of a major Riverside sewer separation project will kick off later in 2015, possibly mid-November.

Riverside officials have decided to begin a project to separate sewers for sanitary waste and storm runoff in the village’s First Division in late 2015, said Bailey, in order to take advantage of what they believe will be more competitive bids from contractors.

The $1.8 million project will eliminate the old combined sewer system in the First Division by expanding the storm sewer system already partially in place there. When the work is done, all storm water runoff will be carried to the Des Plaines River via storm sewers, while sanitary waste alone will be conveyed through what are now combined sanitary/storm sewer pipes.

Basement flooding in the First Division should be mitigated by the new system. Since storm water will no longer rush through the sanitary sewer pipes, it ought to reduce the risk of the sanitary sewers surcharging and backing up into homes during heavy rainfall events.

The project is being funded through cash reserves in the village’s water/sewer fund.