Two major infrastructure projects that were to have kicked off soon in Riverside will now be postponed until at least spring 2019 after construction bids came in well above initial estimates.

Riverside has rejected the low bids for both the pedestrian access/streetscape improvement project on Riverside and Bloomingbank roads in and around the downtown train station as well as the road resurfacing projects slated for Barrypoint Road, Forest Avenue and Herrick Road.

Bid were opened on Aug. 3, and the low bids for both projects came from Coal City-based D Construction Inc.

However, the bid for the pedestrian access/streetscape improvements near the train station came in at $648,292, about 19 percent over the village engineer’s revised estimate of $544,650. The village had budgeted even less — $539,842 – for the project in 2018.

Instead of taking on the additional cost, the village will have the Illinois Department of Transportation rebid the project in January 2018.

IDOT is the lead agency for the project since 70 percent of the work is being funded through a federal Surface Transportation Program grant.

“We’re fairly hopeful they won’t come back as high,” said Community Development Director Sonya Abt. 

The project concentrates on creating a safer environment for pedestrians near the train station, including the creation of a brick paver plaza with raised planters near Riverside Road that will connect to the train station platform and station via a new raised sidewalk along Bloomingbank Road.

The plaza will force the new right-turn lane farther south on Riverside Road to prevent cars stopping on the railroad tracks to allow pedestrians to navigate the existing long crosswalk.

The streetscape on the east side of Riverside Road will be made over to match the streetscape north of the tracks.

Abt said that if the bidding goes well next January, construction around the train station and on Riverside Road would start in April and wrap up in late June.

Platform work imminent

While the streetscape work around the train station is postponed, work will begin on the train platforms both north and south of the tracks in the next couple of weeks.

In July, the village board awarded a $274,439 contract to Martam Construction Company to perform repairs to reset brick pavers on the south platform, replace stairways leading to the south platform and install new ADA-compliant hand railings and remove platform trip hazards. 

The project also includes replacing the bases of columns supporting the roof of the north platform.

According to Public Works Director Edward Bailey, the north platform work will result in the closure of the diagonal parking spaces along the north platform for several weeks.

Areas of the platforms may be restricted at times during construction.

Road resurfacing postponed

Riverside has also rejected the low bid from D Construction Inc. to resurface the entire length of Barrypoint Road, Forest Avenue from the Des Plaines River bridge to Longcommon Road and Herrick Road between Longcommon Road and North Cowley Road.

The work is being postponed, because the low bid came in at $815,139. The engineer’s estimate for the work was $754,467. The work will be paid for by a combination of federal Surface Transportation Program grant funds and the village’s share of state motor fuel tax revenues.

The resurfacing project will be rebid, along with the train station pedestrian/streetscape project in January 2019.