The village of Brookfield is on pace to wrap up its referendum-funded street improvement campaign a couple of years early, after several years of competitive bidding allowed the village do improve streets at a faster rate, Village Engineer Derek Treichel announced last month.
Originally pegged as an eight-year effort, the project may now be wrapped up by late 2021 — just six years in total — if trustees agree to a construction timeline outlined by Treichel at the village board’s committee of the whole meeting on Sept. 23.
“Because of the competitive bids, the village elected to do a little bit larger projects each year than anticipated,” said Treichel.
When completed in 2021, the multi-year campaign will have resurfaced or reconstructed about 15.3 miles of residential side streets. According to Treichel, that represents about 37 percent of the village’s 41 miles of streets.
On Sept. 23, Treichel outlined his firm’s recommendation for street resurfacing in both 2020 and 2021, projects totaling almost $7.7 million and covering more than three miles of roadway.
In 2020, Treichel recommended improving several streets in the Hollywood section of the village, particularly south of the railroad tracks. Among the streets up for repair next year in South Hollywood are the 3700 and 3800 blocks of Rosemear Avenue and Hollywood Avenue, Woodside Road south of Waubansee Road, and Greenview Avenue between Woodside and McCormick avenues.
North of the tracks, the plan calls for the improvement of Hollywood Avenue between Washington and Brookfield avenues and Woodside Avenue between Washington Parkview avenues.
The village plans to widen all of those streets by three feet, fully replace all of the curb and gutters and resurface the roadway.
Elsewhere, the 2020 street improvement plan calls for widening and reconstructing the 3100, 3200 and 3300 blocks of Park Avenue, widening and resurfacing Grant Avenue from Grand Boulevard to Maple Avenue, and resurfacing Sunnyside Avenue from Grant Avenue to Brookfield Avenue.
The total cost of the 2020 project is estimated to cost about $4.4 million, with about $650,000 related to sewer system improvements, which are paid out of the village’s water and sewer enterprise fund, not referendum proceeds.
The village board at their meeting on Oct. 14 is expected to approve a roughly $575,000 engineering agreement with Treichel’s firm, Edwin Hancock Engineering, to begin designing the street improvements for 2020.
Engineering will be completed in late 2019, with the village seeking construction bids in early 2020. Construction will begin next spring.
In 2016, Brookfield voters approved a $22 million bond referendum to address the deteriorating condition of many of the village’s residential side streets. Originally, officials believed the project would take until 2023 to complete.
The bond issues, each of which have a term of 10 years, were sold in a staggered fashion to spread out the impact to taxpayers and, in total, will be paid off over a period of 14 years.