While schools, libraries and recreation programs are shutting down, others local governments are preparing for road construction season, which is expected to commence in Brookfield early next month.

On March 9, the Brookfield Village Board voted to award Cicero-based J. Nardulli Concrete Inc. a $4.8 million contract to repave and/or reconstruct about 1.8 miles of residential side streets, repair and replace sections of curb and gutter and some driveway aprons, install about 1,800 feet of water main and repair sewers and drainage structures.

Nardulli Concrete was the lowest of four bidders for the work, with the highest being about $5.4 million.

Funding is coming from a variety of sources. The vast majority is coming from construction bonds approved by referendum in 2016 and issued earlier this year. The village is also using $750,000 from its water/sewer fund to pay for those elements of the project and $150,000 in tax increment financing (TIF) funds for streetscape improvements that will be done within the village’s newly created Grand Boulevard TIF District.

Village Engineer Derek Treichel said he expected work to begin the first or second week of April. Construction should to complete by October.

“At this point, we don’t anticipate a delay in the project,” Treichel said. “However, things are changing rapidly with the response to the COVID-19 virus.”

The streets to be improved this spring and summer include Park Avenue between 31st Street and Monroe Avenue. The street will be widened and reconstructed, with all new curbs and gutters.

Another street being widened and resurfaced is Grant Avenue from Grand Boulevard to Maple Avenue, while Sunnyside Avenue will be resurfaced from Grant Avenue to Brookfield Avenue.

In addition several streets in the Hollywood section of the village are getting widened and resurfaced. South of the tracks, the 3700 and 3800 blocks of Rosemear and Hollywood Avenues will be resurfaced as will Woodside Avenue south of Waubansee Road and Greenview Avenue between Woodside and McCormick.

North of the tracks, improvements are being made to Hollywood Avenue between Washington and Brookfield and Woodside Avenue between Washington and Parkview.

This year, the village will also complete streetscape improvements in the Grand Boulevard/Prairie Avenue commercial district, including brick paver crosswalks and landings that were not included in the first phase of that improvement project in 2018.

Brookfield last July received a $73,000 grant from the West Suburban Mass Transit District to help fund that work.