Wednesday, October 14, 2009
To those residents that had brick or stone driveways, you are free to re-install those now. As stated in letters and notices that were sent before the project began, any brick/stone work is the responsibility of the resident.
Residents: Please keep your eyes out for a survey from the Village. The Village really appreciates any responses/comments you may have to better improve future year projects. Thanks for all your cooperation throughout the work.
Monday, September 21, 2009
The surface asphalt placement began this morning. Swainwood Cul-de-sac, Buttonwood, and a little bit of Alvin were paved by noon. Unfortunately, there were some problems at the asphalt plant, and Peter Baker (the asphalt paver) had to leave for the day. But not to worry, they'll be back tomorrow (praying there is no rain) to complete the job!
Driveways will be cleaned up and prepped for asphalt starting on Wednesday.
Landscape restoration continues. Once the asphalt is complete, the landscapers will be able to finish their prep work and then install the sod.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Once the pavement has been removed, the three small areas that get curb will be done. These areas are around the two islands in the Swainwood Cul-De-Sac and at the very north end (dead end) of Alvin Court.
Next week, the roadway will be prepared for asphalt paving. The duration of this process depends on the strength of the existing stone base of the road. If the existing base is without any weak areas, the grading should take about a week. If some of the existing base needs to be removed and replaced with new stone, the process will take longer.
AFTER all this is done, the binder course (bottom layer) of asphalt can be placed. Due to the amount of roadway we are paving, this process could take a few days. Weather permitting and existing stone base preparation duration, the contractor plans to be paving in the third week of August!
Once the asphalt has been placed, a few things need to take place. A “Leak Detection Test” is performed on all the residential water services to ensure there are no leaks. The lining project (under a different contract) will most likely be taking place. Landscaping will also begin after the asphalt binder is placed (not necessarily immediately after, but should take place in September). The contract states for all disturbed areas to be replaced with topsoil and sod.
I’ve had a couple of residents ask me if the contractor will pave their entire driveway up to the garage. Hoffman Excavating (the general contractor) and the asphalt subcontractor do not do private work. If a resident is interested in replacing his driveway, he would need to do that on his own.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The sewer lines are rehabilitated by a resin-saturated felt tube that hardens into a strong "pipe within a pipe". A chemical called styrene is used in the resin and can emit a strong odor that smells like new plastic. It is possible that residents may notice this odor as work is being done. Insituform first suggests that residents close all toilet lids. If the odor is present in a resident's house, Insituform suggests ventilating the house by opening windows and doors. The release of styrene during the typical sewer rehabilitation process does not pose a significant risk to human health or the surrounding environment. However, exposure to high concentrations of styrene should be avoided.
Beginning this week, weather permitting, the contractor will start cleaning up and preparing for the roadway portion of the work, which will include driveway apron saw cutting and repairs, curb installation around the designated islands and then pavement removal. Once the pavement is removed the testing of the road base will be done and then the first course of asphalt will be installed. Access to driveways will still be available although there may be short delays during the pavement removal process.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The contractor is installing the final sanitary manhole today and then continuing with storm sewer installation. Storm sewer installation will continue next week as well. Pavement removal will not begin until all underground work has been completed.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Sanitary repairs have also been completed! The second crew has started on storm sewer repairs and installation. Many of the existing storm structures onsite are being removed and replaced, and then reconnected into the main. Any existing structure that is not being removed and replaced is still being reconnected to the main. Some spots along the main will be repaired, but there aren't many of those. There is also some new storm sewer going in throughout the project, which includes new inlets and catch basins which will be tied into the existing storm sewer. This work should take a couple weeks. Once it is complete, the pavement removal will begin, scheduled for late July/early August.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
The crew that has been on site since the beginning will continue performing spot repairs on the sanitary sewer. This may take another couple of weeks, and then they will begin storm sewer work. There are several spot repairs on the storm like on the sanitary, but there is also some new storm being installed throughout the project. Mostly the work adds a few new inlets along the edge of pavement line to help with drainage.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The water main passed the pressure test; the water main will be chlorinated on Monday. This is a several day process, but once everything is clean, water services will begin to be installed.
In the meantime, the contractor has started working on spot repairs on the sanitary and storm sewers. All manholes are either being completely replaced or epoxy coated. Epoxy coating is a strong adhesive that is "painted" onto the interior of the structure. This is used in areas where it is not very feasible to remove the entire structure, i.e. near a large tree, in a spot with multiple utilities, etc. There are also spot repairs in which lengths of the main line of the sewer are replaced. In the case where a service comes into the main line while they are repairing the sanitary sewer, the service will be repaired from the main to the property line and a clean out will be installed at the property line. A clean out gives the ability to rod a resident's service should it become blocked.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The contractor plans to test and clean the water main beginning next week. A pressure test is when the newly installed water main is filled with water to a pressure of 150 psi (pounds per square inch). The water main needs to hold that pressure for 2 hours. If the pressure were to drop, that could signal a leak. Leaks are nothing to worry about in this stage because the water main has not been connected yet, so they're easy to fix. After the pressure test, a water main is chlorinated to get it nice and clean. Then it is tested (to make sure there's not chlorine remaining in the system), and flushed numerous times. Once the main has been tested and chlorinated, services will begin to be installed. These will involve a shut-off to each house for a short amount of time. Everyone will be notified when this will happen. Once that is complete, the water main will get connected at all ends to complete the loop.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tomorrow, May 21st, the intersection of Swainwood and Alvin will be closed starting at about 9:00 AM. There is a water main vault and a deep connection going in that will necessitate taking up the entire intersection. Please plan accordingly throughout the day and take an alternate route. Residents that live on Alvin Court, north of Swainwood WILL be able to get in and out of the court via Swainwood to the east. Please allow a couple extra minutes.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Water main installation continues along
Thanks to everyone for their patience and cooperation with the construction and having to go around a different route than planned. The contractor has been doing a very good job of getting school buses through the construction zone, and we don’t foresee any issues with that.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Lenny Hoffman Excavating began installing 8” water main on Tuesday, May 5th. They began at the intersecting of Spruce and Swainwood and have proceeded north. Residents may have noticed the shut down went slightly longer than planned, but everything went smoothly. The water main was connected to the existing water main on Spruce that was installed in 2007. The crew will install the main line of our new water main the entire length, while keeping the existing water main in service. Most water mains are on what is called a “loop” meaning that it obtains water from both sides. By attaching our new water main to the main on Spruce, once the entire new line is placed, it can be turned on while the old line is still in service from the Roosevelt end. The crew will then go back and start putting in the new service pipe to each house. That will involve a water shut off to each house, but only for a short time. Then, once everyone has their new service (will all new 1-1/2” Copper Pipe) the old main will get turned off, and the new main will be looped, making a complete circle. But this all happens over a period of several weeks.
You may see many “Road Closed to Through Traffic Signs” on either side of the crew. We ask that you please do the best you can to travel around the construction. Residents of course are permitted to get to their houses if right in the middle of things, but if you’re able to park on the street for awhile it would be appreciated! That way you’re not slowed down by the construction. If you do need to get around the trucks and equipment, please allow a couple extra minutes. The crew will be notifying residents on the side of the road that we’re working on when that resident’s driveway will be out of commission. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!