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.
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.
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