Despite the fact that we’ve already hit September and many road construction projects are beginning to wrap up elsewhere in the Chicago area, roadwork season is just about to get started in Riverside.

Work on the 2015 street improvement program in Riverside was slated to begin Sept. 8, according to Public Works Director Edward Bailey. 

Included in this year’s program is the resurfacing of North Delaplaine Road from Herrick to Longcommon, Audubon from Longcommon to Southcote Road, Nuttall Road from Selborne to Louden, and about 300 feet of Forest Avenue going west from the west end of the Des Plaines River bridge.

On those streets, the top layer of asphalt will be milled away and replaced with a new surface coat of asphalt.

However, two other stretches of road in Riverside will receive a bit more attention. Shenstone Road from Delaplaine to Nuttall and the entire length of Lawton Road, from Riverside Road to Harlem Avenue, will undergo what Bailey called “a partial reconstruction.”

The roadway on those streets will be taken down to its sub-base, said Bailey, and rebuilt. On those roads there also will be substantially more curb and gutter replacement as well as several driveway apron replacements.

The resurfacing work will proceed from north to south in the village, said Bailey, although crews may begin saw-cutting sections of street on Shenstone and Lawton by as early as Sept. 8, since those are more involved projects.

Depending on weather, the work is expected to be largely complete in mid-November.

The streets identified for improvement this year were based on a street condition survey completed by Riverside’s engineering firm in the last year. The work is being funded largely by the proceeds from a $2.5 million bond sale, completed in late 2014 after Riverside voters approved the measure.

On Sept. 3, Riverside trustees voted 5-0 to award a $1,489,436 contract to West Chicago-based Triggi Construction for the work. Triggi was the lowest of eight bids received by Riverside for the 2015 project. The bid came in about $110,000 less than the village’s estimated budget of $1.6 million.

Ogden Ave. water main project commences

The village of Lyons is warning motorists to expect traffic delays on Ogden Avenue as a water main replacement project began there on Sept. 8 between Joliet Avenue and Plainfield Road.

Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day, Ogden Avenue will be reduced from four lanes to one eastbound lane and one westbound lane of traffic between Joliet Avenue and Plainfield Road.

According to Lyons spokesman Ray Hanania, no left turns will be allowed from Ogden Avenue onto Joliet Avenue while the lane reductions are in effect. As a result, Lyons officials are urging residents to find alternate routes, especially during the morning and evening rush-hour periods.

The first phase of the construction is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31. Officials said the water main work is a part of $5.5 million in planned water main and road improvements for the village that began earlier this year and is expected to continue through the end of 2016.