Maywood Approves Work on 1st and Roosevelt Sinkhole

Friday, September 29, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

During a Sept. 19 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously approved two actions related to major street improvements — one more timely than the other.

The most immediate action was a decision to waive the bid process and allow work to start on repairing a sinkhole that’s currently in the pavement at the intersection of 1st Ave. and Roosevelt Rd.

Bill Peterhansen, with the Hancock Engineering, said in a Sept. 13 memo that the sinkhole is located alongside a combined sewer manhole owned by Maywood that is 19 feet deep. The sewer “services a significant portion of the village consisting of the entire area south of I-290,” Peterhansen explained, “as well as the area south of Madison Street and west of 9th Avenue.”

Work to repair the sinkhole could cost an estimated $45,000 and could start by early October. Last fall, the Illinois Department of Transportation put a steel plate over a hole in the road that had formed next to the manhole, Peterhansen noted.

“In an effort to remove the steel plate prior to beginning snow plowing operations and/or the sinkhole expanding,” it’s critical “to complete the work” by Nov. 1, he said. “IDOT does not allow the use of steel plates after” that point, Peterhansen added.

The repair work would focus on the collapsed pavement and the determination of what is causing the sinkhole.

“Specifically the contractor will remove the existing pavement adjacent to the manhole, place new backfill to fill the void, and then replace the pavement with a very high early strength concrete mixture,” Peterhansen said.

“Additionally the contractor will access the manhole and investigate the immediate downstream and upstream sewer pipes and analyze the integrity of the manhole from within the structure.”

The village voted to waive the bid process due to the time sensitive nature of the work and give the job to Unique Plumbing, which would charge an estimated $20,000 for labor and materials. It would cost an estimated $15,000 for traffic control and worker protection. An estimated $10,000 would go to changeable message signs and construction engineering.

Future roadwork

The village board also voted to move forward with attempts to classify a half-mile portion of 19th Ave. — from Madison St. to St. Charles Rd. — as a collector route, which is a street that moves traffic from local to heavy-traffic arterial roads. The new classification would make the village eligible for federal funds designed to improve this portion of the roadway in the future.

Currently, 19th Ave. is a “village-owned road and is not included within the IDOT roadway classification system,” according to a Sept. 6 memo drafted by Bill Peterhansen of Hancock Engineering.

“However, the road functions as a Collector Route due to the high volume of traffic along 19th Avenue (3,300 vehicles per day),” he stated.

Peterhansen added that 19th also connects to Madison St. and St. Charles Rd., both of which are designated routes within the IDOT roadway system.

Collector route photo.png

Location map of routes set to be reclassified. | Village of Maywood 

With the new classification, the roadway would finally be eligible for a range of improvements, including “a new full depth pavement, concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks, and driveways, new drainage structures and laterals,” among others, Peterhansen noted.

The village will apply for the classification to the North Central Council of Mayors. The approval process typically takes three to six months. At the same time, the village will request that a portion of 17th Ave., from Madison St. to Washington Blvd., no longer be declassified as a collector route.

That portion of road “does not serve in such capacity at this time and the classification is not practical,” according to Peterhansen.

“Additionally, there is currently a recent freeze to the addition of new projects by all communities into the Council of Mayors transportation list,” Peterhansen said.

“The Council of Mayors is most likely scheduled to resume adding projects to the list sometime some time in 2019, but an exact date has not been brought forward at this time.”

The classification of 19th Ave., he said, would be the “first step in the long term planning of this large scale improvement.”

Construction could start in 2021 and cost an estimated $3.24 million, with the village paying an estimated $1 million matching share through either its general fund or grants (the location is not within a TIF district and so isn’t eligible for TIF funding). The rest would be paid by the federal government. VFP 

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5 thoughts on “Maywood Approves Work on 1st and Roosevelt Sinkhole”

  1. Well, gee. What the hell has taken Maywood so long to fix this? The sheet of metal was put over the hold in October of LAST year! And you’re looking at a sinkhole that is 19 feet deep and connections that serve a large part of Maywood? Let’s all go move the metal sheet and drive through the hole; we can the sue Maywood for all sorts of safety issues and we’d get new cars, too, after ours got gobbled up by the 19 ft sinkhole. How much intellect does it take to hire someone to fix something like this when it’s discovered? I guess it’s way too complicated for the Village to figure out. Nothing changes, nothing changes!

  2. This is why residents in Maywood must attend this board meetings at the Village Hall on 5th Ave. and discuss their comment in the “public comment” section. That is the only way that residents will have their voice be heard. Residents in Maywood need to hold the trustees of Maywood accountable, be involved and ask the hard questions. I can’t say anything more abstract to get the point across.

    1. Concerned – I agree with you in principal. But in all the years I’ve gone to the meetings (and I’ve been to quite a few up until the past 6 months) I have not ONCE seen any evidence that anyone on the board listens to the citizens of Maywood – they only listen to themselves and the boat has sailed if we think they will EVER listen to the concerns or honor the desires of Maywood residents. We can all stand there and express our opinion and answer questions but nothing is going to change…unless the two new board members can be the lightning rod that starts demanding to know what the heck the board is up to and what the village manager (oops, I almost said the village idiot) is not doing or doing. May I remind everyone that Norfleet high-tailed it out of Compton because the general reserve fund was $25 MILLION in the hole under his watch. Now Maywood continues to suffer at his hands…because things obviously don’t occur to him like paying a bill that might cost $10K when new, but $60K a few years later because he didn’t see the importance of paying it when it was $10K!

      So, Concerned, I’d like to hear your thoughts on doing something other than going to meetings and “holding the trustees accountable” because they don’t understand what being accountable means.

      1. MAYWOOD WATCHER: My thoughts that I want to say in this comment section is “VOTE!” I mean…that is it. I can’t say anything more abstract about it, but you vote. Your vote has the power to make a huge difference, if people want to participate in this so-called democracy in this country. During the last local election, it disturbs me that 2,000+ registered voters voted, out of the population of 20,000+ in the village of Maywood. I really have nothing else to say, but the residents really need to come to an understanding if they want the village of Maywood to move forward. I am done typing on this comment section, until I see some progressive changes and residents of Maywood see some progressive changes.

  3. Concerned, Sorry to see you go. I DID vote, and have voted in every election since I’ve lived in Maywood. Some, but not enough, Maywood residents vote in every local election – Most don’t, and that indeed is a huge problem. But what if we had candidates that were qualified to run for village trustee? There are so few people that are not connected by blood to more people in Maywood, and you know blood runs thicker than water. We need qualified candidates that can bring common sense to the administration, and village employees that have either education or many years of experience in what is required for their position. Maybe then we could excite votes enough to come to the polls. .

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