STREET & ALLEY RESURFACING

The City of Countryside has contracted with Chicagoland Paving to resurface certain streets and alleys for its 2017 paving program.  Construction is scheduled to begin October 13th and is expected to take approximately five weeks to complete if the weather cooperates.  Activities scheduled include asphalt removal and replacement (as needed) driveway apron removal and replacement (as required), parkway sod restoration, pavement patching, asphalt leveling binder, surface paving and pavement striping.

The following streets and alleys are a part of the 2017 paving program:
Streets

  • Catherine Avenue from 55th Street to 57th Street
  • 56th Court from the west limit to 9th Avenue
  • 67th Street from Willow Springs Road to Sunset Avenue

Alleys

  • Alley north of Plainfield Road from Kensington Avenue to LaGrange Road
  • Alley west of LaGrange Road from Plainfield Road to 53rd Street

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our City Engineer, Novotny Engineering at (630) 887-8640.

ITEP STREETSCAPE PROJECT

The City has begun Phase II of the Streetscape Project. This project consists of the installation of new stamped concrete sidewalks along LaGrange Road and a large welcome sign will be constructed along the State’s right-of-way on the northwest corner of Joliet and LaGrange Roads. Other site amenities include enhanced landscaping, tree and tree grate installation, and streetscape furniture installation. This project will provide a nice gateway into Countryside.

IDOT is the lead agency on this project. The City was awarded an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) grant with the City of Countryside funding $437,500.00 for the project and the remaining $1,750,000.00 being paid for using federal funds through the ITEP grant. The total cost of the project is $2,187,500.00.

Work began on September 11th,  and the majority of the work will be completed by the end of November.  

IDOT PROJECT

IDOT will begin working on traffic signals and curb work at the intersections of Plainfield and LaGrange Roads on September 20, 2017.

CITY HALL / POLICE STATION PROJECT

Rendering of City Hall/Police Station – Click HERE to view the rendering as of 10-17-17.

August 2017 – Bid Package #1 was released.  This package is for site work including demolition of the building, drilling of geothermal wells, utility work and grading.  Bids are due September 12th.  These bids will be reviewed by the construction manager and staff.  A recommendation to award the bids will be presented to the City Council on September 27th.  Site work is scheduled to begin in October and be completed by year end.

A Space Needs Analysis – was completed by FGM architects to determine the size requirements for a new City Hall and Police Station in 2016. Their analysis identifies a 31,994 sq. ft. joint facility requiring a minimum lot size of 2.9 acres. Click HERE to view the Space Needs Analysis.

The City reviewed several locations for the new facility – In June, 2017 the City purchased the old Flame property at 803 Joliet Road. This site was selected for a number of reasons. First, the new location will improve accessibility as it is practically the center point of the City; second, the property was vacant due to foreclosure; third, the City has already been approached by two developers to purchase the current city hall site; and finally, the City Council believes public investment along the Joliet Road corridor will prompt additional private development.

The City hired Dewberry architects in January, 2017–  to design the new City Hall and Police Station. Staff has been working with the architects over the past several months on the layout of the departments, office space, storage areas, mechanical rooms, and common areas. Click HERE to see the most current floor plan. The architects have also worked with the Design Committee to design the exterior of the building. Click HERE to see the most current design presentation. Click HERE for the HVAC options.

Click this LINK to see a 360-degree view of the building renderings.

The architects are in the design development phase. In this phase, the architects take the layouts and develop the design concept, and work with the construction manager, Frederick Quinn Corporation to estimate the cost. This information will be presented to both the City Council and the Design Committee at a combined public meeting on July 31, 2017.

It is during the construction documents phase that the design is finalized and building materials such as brick, stone, glass, tile, etc. are selected.

55th STREET FROM WOLF ROAD TO BRAINARD AVENUE

The general scope of work for this improvement is anticipated to consist of widening and resurfacing 55th Street to provide a continuous flush median, adding a southbound right turn lane on Willow Springs Road, traffic signal replacement, pedestrian and bicyclist accommodations, and drainage improvements.

A public hearing was held on August 24, 2016 at the Pleasantview Fire Protection District Headquarters Building at 1970 W. Plainfield Road.  For a copy of the Public Hearing Brochure click HERE.

July, 2017 Update:  The Illinois Department of Transportation is nearing completion of a preliminary engineering and environmental study (Phase 1) for the improvement.  This project is included in IDOT’s FY 2018-2023 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.  IDOT is targeting a contract letter in the middle years of our current multi-year program contingent upon plan readiness, land acquisition, and funding availability through our future annual legislative appropriations.

For more information click HERE.

55th STREET AND LAGRANGE ROAD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is proposing widening 55th Street from East Avenue to LaGrange Road.  This project will include:

  • A continuous 5 lane road with a center turn lane.
  • Dedicated right turn lanes at the north, east and west legs of the intersection.
  • Increased stacking of cars for left turns (including raised medians for safety)
  • Continuous sidewalks for pedestrian safety.
  • Traffic signal modernization
  • Lighting & drainage improvements.

This project is included in the IDOT’s 5-year plan for 2018-2023.  If funding is available, IDOT anticipates bidding the project in 2019 or 2020.

Please click HERE to view IDOT’s Presentation:

Email IDOT for Comments or Concerns: DOT.55thstreet@illinois.gov

BRAINARD AVENUE BIKE PATH

The City will be installing an 8 foot wide multi-use path along the east side of Brainard Avenue from Joliet Road to 55th Street.  The scope of work consists of earth excavation; installation of an aggregate base course and hot mix asphalt; storm sewer and drainage improvements; pavement markings; signage; traffic signal modifications and parkway restoration.

IDOT is the lead agency on this project.  The City was awarded an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) with the City of Countryside funding $235,550.00 for the project and the remaining $946,200.00 being paid for using federal funding through the ITEP grant.  The total cost of the project is $1,182,750.00.

Work will begin around August 2018 and the majority of the path will be operational by the end of 2018.  The City held a Public Information meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 regarding the proposed path.

To view the presentation, please click HERE.

CENTRAL TRI-STATE TOLLWAY (I-294)

The City staff met with representatives from the Tollway on June 20, 2017 to discuss the proposed expansion of the project. Here is a link to the briefing materials on the project that were discussed at the meeting.

LaGRANGE ROAD, OGDEN AVENUE AND LOCUST AVENUE INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The Village of LaGrange is tentatively planning to start this project on Monday, April 17, 2017.

This project is a cooperative effort between the Village of LaGrange, IDOT, and Opus to improve traffic and pedestrian safety at this intersection.

Please click HERE for more details regarding this project.

I-55 MANAGED LANE PROJECT

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initiated the I-55 Managed Lane Study. The purpose of the study is to evaluate options for improving traffic flow by adding an additional managed lane in each direction along the I-55 corridor (between I-355 and I-90/94). Representatives from the IDOT met with the Mayor and City staff to discuss the results of their study and the recommendations that will be presenting to the public at three upcoming forums.

The current recommendation includes an express lane in each direction which will require a toll. These additional lanes will make use of the existing inside median. The traffic noise analysis which was completed in February includes proposed noise walls in Countryside (click on the I-55 chart below).  All property owners within the blue shaded area will be receiving a letter from IDOT requesting them to vote on the installation of the noise wall. Please be sure to vote. IDOT requires a minimum response rate of 33% and a minimum of 50% of those responding to vote in favor of the noise barrier to proceed.

General information:
http://www.i55managedlaneproject.org/about_study/

Noise wall voting process:
http://www.i55managedlaneproject.org/information_library/news_events.aspx#news_1

Noise Analysis Results:
Upcoming Public Forums

I-55 Chart

BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON ILLINOIS 171 AND THE IL 171/1-55 INTERCHANGE

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that lane reductions and ramp closures are necessary for a bridge reconstruction project along Illinois 171 and the Interstate 55 interchange, in Summit, Lyons and McCook, beginning, weather permitting, the week of March 21. The project will reconstruct the bridges along northbound Illinois 171 from 47th Street to 55th Street as well as the interchange with Interstate 55.

In order to complete the work, traffic on Illinois 171 will be reduced to one lane in each direction, beginning March 24. Traffic will shift onto the newly constructed southbound lanes on Illinois 171. There will be occasional, overnight closures on Interstate 55 near Illinois 171 and permanent shoulder closures on I-55 at IL 171.

Beginning March 28, all ramps on northbound IL 171 will be closed to traffic in order to reconstruct the interchange. Detours will be posted for the following permanent ramp closures:

  • Northbound I-55 to Northbound IL 171
  • Southbound I-55 to Northbound IL 171
  • Northbound IL 171 to Northbound I-55
  • Northbound IL 171 to Southbound I-55
  • Northbound IL 171 to Joliet Road

All lanes and ramps will reopen when the project is completed in Fall 2016, weather permitting.

The scope of the project includes the rehabilitation and widening of eight bridges along northbound Illinois 171 between 47th Street and 55th Street. It also will include bridge replacement of northbound Illinois 171 over Interstate 55. In addition, the improvements will feature ramp modification, wall repairs, asphalt resurfacing, pavement markings, landscaping, and replacements of signs, roadway lighting, high mast light towers and drainage structures.

Motorists can expect delays and should seek alternate routes. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

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