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
- Last Friday the construction contract for Phase II of the Streetscape Improvements, including construction of the outbound shelter, was awarded by IDOT to John Burns Construction. This is good news for several reasons: 1) John Burns is the contractor building the inbound shelters, and 2) their winning bid was several $100k’s lower than our engineer’s estimate for the project. Phase II will begin in fall 2020 and be completed by spring 2021.
- 7/17/2020 - Much of this week was preparing plant beds, parkway tree planters and landscape areas. The remaining concrete work is temporarily on hold awaiting materials. The new stairs were rejected due to quality issues. These stairs will be replaced over the next few weeks. The same will be happening with the front porch and stairs, installed by a separate contractor. The front porch will be reinstalled before the end of the month as well.
- 7/10/2020 - Initial paving work on Burlington, Prospect and Golf Avenues was completed this week. The contractor will return in Fall to complete the roads and install permanent brick crosswalks and striping. Lawn, bioswale and prairie areas along the railroad tracks and in front of village hall were prepared. Parkway trees and landscaping installation will be ongoing throughout the summer into early fall. Landscape watering will be conducted as required by the project contractor.
- 6/26/2020 - This was a busy week for this component of the Downtown Revitalization Project. This week we witnessed installation of underground electrical utilities for streetlights, landscaping lighting, and security camera. Curbs and many of the sidewalks along Burlington and Prospect (north of the tracks) were framed and poured. During discussions with the general contractor I learned that the entrance to Village Hall will not be completed by July 4th as was originally reported. Due to delays in product delivery, completion will be delayed by 2 to 3 weeks.
- 6/20/2020 - The WWII memorial at the northwest corner of Prospect and Burlington Avenue desperately needed to be restored. An important component of the streetscape project will be to relocate the flagpole and memorial in front of the Village Hall Board Room. Before the plaque is remounted in the Fall, local resident and Eagle Scout candidate James Carlos Campbell is working with fellow Scouts to clean and restore the plaque to its original glory. Carlos plans to lead a formal dedication ceremony early fall 2020.
- 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.
- 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
- 9/11/2020 - The first steel modules of the east inbound shelter were delivered and installed this week. This was not a small endeavor: the modules, built just under standard roadway delivery restrictions, were delivered; trains on the south train track had to be temporarily diverted to another track; and each module had to be “walked” down along the platform to its foundation. The east shelter will be a mini version of the main shelter. It will have a heated and enclosed window-clad room and an open shelter area. Next week the middle shelter modules will be delivered and installed.
- 8/21/2020 - Much of the structural work at the train station was completed of the past two weeks. Delivery of the steel structure is scheduled for delivery later next week. Also, please note that as of Monday, August 24th, the commuter parking lot will be closed for underground installation and curb/pavement reconstruction. Commuters have been instructed to park in previously designated areas, including on Burlington Avenue, Railroad Avenue, and South Prospect Avenue.
- 8/7/2020 - This week John Burns Construction installed the foundation and lower shelter walls. They also installed most of the light fixture foundations for new platform lighting along the north and south sides of the BNSF railroad tracks. John Burns completed framing and poured the mechanical room exterior concrete walls this afternoon. This morning the project architect, structural engineer, project manager and I visited the steel fabrication shop in Frankfort IL to witness and inspect the construction of the steel modules that will make up the shelter roofing systems. Delivery of the steel structure will begin before the end of August.
- 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 - We made good progress this week with the installation of underground storm sewer installation between the in-bound platform and the retailing wall. The first part of the main station’s bike shelter was framed and poured. On Thursday night we tested the programmable RGB curtain lighting on the retaining wall. Once completed, the village will be able to “color” the station to commemorate holidays, monthly dedications, or other special occasions.
- 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 - OUTBOUND SHELTER (PHASE II STREETSCAPE)
- 9/11/2020 - This week ComEd installed a new utility pole on the former police station property. This pole will eliminate the need for the inground utility pole tether on the east side of Prospect, thus allowing safe passage on the east side sidewalk and making way for the new outbound commuter shelter. A preconstruction meeting with IDOT for the outbound station has been scheduled for September 22, 2020. Project completion is expected the end of spring 2021.
PROJECT UPDATE - GATES
- 9/11/2020 - Next week BNSF will begin to bury the overhead utility lines running between the pedestrian crossing and Prospect Avenue, north of the tracks. Once completed, BNSF will relocate the mechanical equipment from the existing bungalow to a new bungalow on the westside of Prospect Avenue. Be patient and Be Safe.
- 8/21/2020 - On Wednesday morning Public Works Director McLaughlin and I attending a pre-construction meeting with BNSF. As reported last week, BNSF will be burying their overhead utility lines and relocating their mechanical shed to make way for new gates and the Village’s new outbound shelter. BNSF work is expected to begin by or before mid-September. Most of the gate improvement funding is coming from the State, managed by the Department of Transportation and the Illinois Commerce Commission. The Village will only be responsible for fabricating and installing fencing outside of the Prospect Avenue crossing on the south side of the railroad tracks. The crossing will need to be closed for a short period of time (approx. 2 weeks) during installation of the gate system. A detailed schedule will be posted once the information becomes available.
- 8/7/2020 - Last week BNSF installed a utility service pole on the west side of Prospect Avenue. This pole will serve the new mechanical bungalow. Other utility work associated with the gate improvements are expected later this month and in September.
- 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.