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Downers Grove eyes $594,877 sewer and streets project on Forest Avenue

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 4:30 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council is considering a $594,877 project to improve drainage and reduce flooding for buildings on Forest Avenue.

The council heard the plan’s first reading at its meeting Aug. 12 and was expected to approve the plan Aug. 19.

The project would replace the existing sewer system on Forest Avenue from 41st Street to Herbert Street, “which is currently in very poor condition and needs to be replaced,” Downers Grove Public Works Director Nan Newlon said.

Additional work would include the installation of permeable pavers and native plantings, along with road resurfacing on Forest venue from 41st Street to 39th Street, according to village staff.

The pavers and plantings would correspond with two low points in the road to help with drainage and slow neighborhood traffic, Newlon said.

She said those improvements were added to the project after meetings with neighbors.

“The residents are all very much in favor of this, they think it’ll be a benefit to their neighborhood, help reduce [traffic] speed and be an amenity for their street,” she said.

The plants and pavers added about $15,000 to the project for both of the locations, she said.

The village’s first use of permeable pavers was at intersection Carpenter and Grove streets. The pavers on Franklin will be on a straight section of the road, not an intersection.

The sewer work would be paid for by $500,000 budgeted in the stormwater fund, and the road work’s allotment would come from $120,000 budgeted in the capital projects fund, according to village documents.

“This is kind of a three-bundle project – storm sewer, street resurfacing and traffic calming,” Village Commissioner Geoff Neustadt said. “All three [are] priority things that we have been asking our staff to do, and we have it all in one stretch of roadway here.”

The project was put out to bid and the lowest offer, $594,877, came from Swallow Construction.

Swallow completed the Oakwood Avenue storm sewer replacement project for the village in 2012.

The work is part of the village’s larger efforts to upgrade stormwater infrastructure throughout Downers Grove, funded by the stormwater fee enacted in 2013. Previously, stormwater improvements were funded by property taxes.

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