By Marney Simon | Enterprise Staff
Drivers heading past the village center along Route 126 will have to deal with 30 days of delays, as the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) gets set for roadwork.
On Monday, July 17, IDOT will get started on resurfacing improvements along Route 126/Lockport Street, from the DuPage River Drive to Wallin Drive.
The project includes asphalt surface removal, pavement patching, sidewalk curb ramp improvements, a new asphalt surface, and new pavement markings.
The work will be completed daily with lane closures and flaggers, and no detour will be posted.
The project is expected to be completed within 30 days.
Meanwhile, preparations are underway for construction of 800 feet of 6-inch water main in the two alleys running parallel of Lockport Street.
Last month, members of the village board approved phase two of a project to improve the water mains in the downtown area.
In addition to the water main installation, the project will include adding tees, valves, and fittings, as well as other restoration work.
“The lines will be there to facilitate any future fire improvements that may be potentially needed as development occurs in the buildings up and down Lockport Street, so they don’t have to go into the water main on Lockport Street,” said Superintendent of Public Improvements Randy Jessen
The new lines will also supplement redundancy in the downtown water network. The project will enhance the water system by connecting gaps in the network.
Members of the board questioned if the Plainfield Fire Protection District should contribute to funding the project, since much of the improvement is necessary for fire suppression.
However, Village Administrator Brian Murphy noted that the cost of the water main improvements will come from the downtown tax increment financing (TIF) fund. Since money is funneled into that fund from all taxing districts in the area, the Fire Protection District already contributes to the TIF. Murphy noted that the TIF district was created to encourage investment and development of the area.
“These are separate and distinct funds from the village’s water and sewer funds,” Murphy said. “The challenges that a lot of the businesses have to bring in fire suppression to their building is because of where the water main is located.”
Director of Planning Jonathan Proulx added that the village has an important stake in the downtown area, where offering proper fire suppression is beneficial in terms of attracting and keeping businesses.
“We have been having productive conversations with the fire district for at least a year on ways to solve this,” Proulx said. “So, as opposed to trying to exempt properties from the fire suppression standards, we’re looking at a way of achieving them collectively.”
The board approved the work at a cost of $302,421.
Brant Excavating of Morris was awarded the project, the lowest of eight bids opened by the village.