Downtown REVITALIZATION project - update page
The Downtown Revitalization Project is a set of public improvements designed to enhance the viability and pedestrian safety of Downtown Clarendon Hills. The project includes three components: 1) Prospect & Burlington Avenue Improvements; 2) Prospect Avenue Railroad Crossing Improvements; 3) Inbound & Outbound Train Station Improvements. The Downtown Revitalization Project is scheduled to start in fall 2019 and be completed in 2020. Information about alternate Commuter and Blue Dot Permit Parking during this project is posted [here].
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PROJECT UPDATE - STREETSCAPE
- 6/10/2020 - Street improvements are well underway in front of Village Hall. New stormwater facilities are now installed between the railroad tracks and Burlington Avenue. New curbing and sidewalks, framing shorter crosswalk and parking areas, are installed on the south side of Burlington Avenue. Work is underway removing the Golf Avenue curve to make way for a safer t-shaped intersection at Golf and Burlington Avenue.
Please note that the Village Hall front door mail slot will remain closed
and inaccessible until this work is completed in early July 2020.
Please use the mailbox at Prospect Avenue, between Village Hall and the Public Library,
when dropping off water bills and other payments. Thank you.
- 4/23/2020 - Village Staff, Engineering Consultants, and the General Contractor held a project kick-off meeting today to review final details for Phase I of the Streetscape Improvements to Prospect, Burlington and Golf Avenues. Traffic Control for the project area is expected to be installed on Friday, May 1st. Construction is scheduled to begin along Burlington Avenue on Monday, May 4th. Completion of the streetscape improvements is expected by July 4th. No local road closures are anticipated at this time.
- 1/22/2020 - Village Board approves supplemental engineering agreement for Phase I of the streetscape improvements.
- 12/27/2019 - The memorial plaque in front of Village Hall has been removed to be re-plated. A new monument will be constructed as part of the streetscape and front lawn improvements in 2020.
- 11/14/2019 - Pre-construction Meeting held with IDOT and A Lamp Concrete. Streetscape Project will begin in spring 2020.
- 10/10/2019 - State of Illinois Awards Streetscape Contract (Phase I) to A Lamp Concrete.
PROJECT UPDATE - TRAIN STATION
- 6/24/2020 - Framing for Inbound Train Station Bicycle Shelter installed erected. When completed, this decorative concrete wall will be part of the structure supporting the green-roof system extending west of the main commuter shelter.
- 6/20/2020 - Construction of the concrete retaining wall along the inbound platform is complete. This wall will soon be made part of the new commuter shelters placed along the platform. During the next three to four weeks our focus will be the installation of underground utilities and stormwater facilities. Construction of the new commuter shelters will begin in July.
- 4/13/2020 - Now that the pile has been installed next to the inbound platform, ComEd is able to restore power to the adjacent cables and remove the temporary grounding claps and wires. ComEd is scheduled to return in early August 2020 to install electrical service to the Village’s new commuter station facilities.
- 4/10/2020 - Construction of the earth retention system south of the inbound platform and the east side of the commuter parking lot was started. Hammering the piles was faster than expected. Installing of the lagging, the boards installed between the piles in ongoing. The Village Hall front porch and steps were removed and replaced. The concrete porch was cracked and causing water issues along the front foundation of the building. Next week reinforced posts clad in a decorative fiberglass column will be installed to support the overhead canopy. This work is being conducted in preparation for the front lawn improvements starting later this month.
- 4/3/2020 - On Tuesday, March 30, the Village learned that ComEd had not completed the work that the Village had requested last fall. As previously reported, ComEd’s work is required to allow safe excavation, installation of an earth retention system, and construction of a structural retaining wall. On Tuesday afternoon, the Village demanded and participated in an impromptu conference call with ComEd. During that meeting, ComEd committed to completing their work by Wednesday, April 1, at 9 am. This work was ultimately completed by 10:45 am on April 1, thus finally allowing Village’s work to continue. Our work quickly proceeded at 11 am that same day.
So far, the vertical steel has been put in place to later support the earth retention system behind the concrete wall. During the next few weeks, each piece will be “hammered” deeper in place, and boards will be placed between them to hold back the earth to the south. This process will surely create unusual noise in the project area. Please be patient.
- 3/27/2020 - Mock walls sections have been formed and poured. Each section is being evaluated for design, texture, and color. Construction of the final retaining wall system is scheduled to begin in May.
- 2/17/2020 - Electrical service is now provided to the temporary warming shelter and the construction office, and the diesel-powered generator has been disconnected and removed for the train station parking lot. During the first week of March, ComEd is expected to relocate overhead power lines along the platform to make way for retaining wall construction.
- 2/05/2020 - Removal of Hill along platform hillside underway to make way for earth retention wall, covered shelters, and stormwater management systems.
- 1/22/2020 - Tree removal begins along the inbound platform hillside.
- 1/8/2020 - Demolition of the train station begins. Please be aware of your surroundings when visiting the train station. Be safe.
- 1/7/2020 - As of today, the train station will be permanently closed. A temporary warming shelter has been provided along Prospect Av for our commuters. Parking in the east aisle of the South Lot will be fenced-in early that morning to accommodate contractors’ machinery and crew. Learn more about alternative locations for commuter and permit parking by visiting www.clarendonhills.us/altparking.
- 1/6/2020 - Groundbreaking Ceremony. All are welcome.
- 12/21/2019 - Temporary Commuter Shelter installed. The temporary shelter will be made available prior to the demolition of the "old" train station building after January 6, 2020.
- 12/14/2019 - The south bicycle shelter was demolished on Saturday, December 14, 2019, to make way for the temporary commuter warming shelter. Bicycles remaining under or in the vicinity of the shelter were removed and delivered to the Police Department. Please call 630-286-5460 if you have any questions.
- 11/14/2019 - Pre-construction Meeting held with BNSF Engineering and Inspection Team
- 11/7/2019 - Pre-construction Meeting held with John Burns Construction
- 10/7/2019 - Village Awards Train Station Contract to John Burns Construction Company
PROJECT UPDATE - GATES
- 5/6/2020 - On April 29, 2020, the Village obtained an interim order (“Interim Order”) from the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) authorizing the railroad crossing improvements that are part of the Downtown Revitalization Project (“Project”), and granting the Village funds from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF) in the amount of $726,947, which represents 100% of the estimated cost of the railroad crossing improvements. The improvements will include the relocation of the mechanical bungalow to the west side of Prospect Avenue, installation of improved pedestrian crossing gates, and a new quad-gate grade crossing system at Prospect Avenue. Once BNSF has completed this work, the Village will be able to build a new commuter and bicycle shelter at the southeast corner of Burlington and Prospect Avenues.