In 2024, the village of Brookfield will undertake major construction projects aimed at improving the streets and storm sewer infrastructure.
The village plans on completing street improvement projects totaling about $7.3 million with funds coming from different sources, including federal and local funds in addition to village funds.
Major construction will take place on Burlington Avenue and DuBois Boulevard as they will be reconstructed in two sections totaling nearly 1 mile. On Dubois Boulevard, the section between Ogden and Burlington Avenues will be reconstructed. On Burlington Avenue, the section between Maple and Prairie Avenues will be reconstructed and the section between Dubois Boulevard and Maple Avenue will be reconstructed and resurfaced. A new storm sewer outlet to Salt Creek will also be installed from Maple Avenue to Salt Creek. In addition, intersection crossings will get accessibility improvements and some portions of sidewalks will be replaced.
Brookfield residents and passersby can expect traffic disruptions starting in the spring of 2024 and continuing into the fall. The village expects to start construction in March and will provide more information to residents closer to the start of construction, Village Manager Tim Wiberg said.
The total cost of this project is about $5.8 million, with a portion covered by federal funds awarded by the Illinois Department of Transportation. In 2020, the village was awarded funds from its Surface Transportation Program totaling $2.25 million, about 39% of the cost. To cover the remaining project cost, the village obtained a $1 million grant from the Water Reclamation District. The village could partially or totally cover the rest of the costs. By the end of the year, the village will know if the West Central Municipal Conference awarded it $1.6 million in contingency funding. If awarded, Brookfield would only pay about $950,000 for the project; otherwise, it will pay $ 2.5 million, using motor fuel tax and general village to cover this sum.
The village will also make improvements to portions of three other avenues – Fairview, Madison and Morton Avenues. Improvements include repairing sections of combined sewer, replacing concrete curbs, gutter, sidewalks and driveways and pavement resurfacing and patching. Accessibility improvements will also be made at intersections and alley returns. The total cost of this project is about $1.4 million and it will be covered by the village.
On Fairview Avenue, the section that will be improved spans from Maple to Sunnyside Avenue. This is the only section where the street will be widened by three feet. On Madison Avenue, work will take place from Washington to Monroe Avenue whereas on Morton Avenue, the section that will be improved spans from Garfield Avenue to 31st Street.
The need to improve these roads was identified during the 2021 pavement evaluation survey, Public Works Director Vincent Smith told the village board in early October. Planning for this work is underway as the village board approved an agreement with the village’s engineering contractor to provide design engineering services for these projects at the Oct. 23 village board meeting. The village expects to receive bids for construction in March 2024, with construction starting in early April and ending approximately by the end of June.