The village of Brookfield plans to improve more than a mile of village streets this summer, with the first phase of the work kicking off early next month in the central part of the village.
On April 11, trustees awarded a roughly $2.96 million construction contract to J. Nardulli Concrete to resurface the following streets:
Arthur Avenue from Monroe Avenue to 31st Street
Sherman Avenue from Maple to Park
Sheridan Avenue from Maple to Sunnyside
Sunnyside Avenue from Grand to Washington
The contract also includes resurfacing Grant Avenue from Grand Boulevard to Forest Avenue and widening Grant Avenue by seven feet between Sunnyside and Prairie. The final part of the contract calls for Nardulli to install a new 8-inch water main under the south sidewalk along 26th Place from Maple Avenue to Forest Avenue.
Nardulli submitted the sole bid for the work, according to Village Engineer Derek Treichel, which is unusual for Brookfield which typically gets between three and six bids for such work.
Some contractors, he said, may have been wary about locking in prices in a market where construction materials are seeing volatility. This particular project also was not attractive to asphalt contractors due to that material accounting for just 15 percent of the cost.
Nardulli’s original bid was actually more than $3 million, but they agreed to discount the price by $102,000 if Brookfield awarded the contract by April 11. Elected officials agreed to the deal fearing that waiting to rebid the work would result in even higher prices or a delay of the work until next year.
The work starting in May will also include replacement of deteriorated sections of curb and gutter. Work on this phase of the project should wrap up around mid-August.
Treichel also informed the village board that two other roadwork projects not expected to be on this year’s schedule have been moved up and will take place later this summer.
Last year, Brookfield submitted applications to the Central Council of Mayors for federal grant funding to resurface Shields Avenue from Maple to Custer, Washington Avenue from Kemman to Prairie, and Brookfield Avenue from Golf to Prairie plus the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard.
None of those projects was expected to receive funding for at least a couple of years, but Treichel said he received word from the council that Shields Avenue would be placed into the Illinois Department of Transportation’s April 29 bid letting after another municipality dropped a project ready to be funded.
“Because we’re ready with the engineering, we are able to get these funds,” Treichel said.
The Shields Avenue project will likely break ground in early July and wrap up in the fall. Brookfield will receive $652,400 in federal funds, which represents 80 percent of the $815,500 cost for the work. The village will use motor fuel tax revenues to cover its share.
Treichel also was informed that the Washington Avenue resurfacing project also was awarded federal funding by the Central Council of Mayors. That project will be bid by IDOT in June and work will begin in early September, wrapping up before the end of 2022.