Hinsdale construction season to last until November
Laborers Jose Nunez (bottom) and Ricardo Nunez (right) work on a hole dug to replace a storm drain at the corner of Madison and Fourth streets in Hinsdale with backhoe operator John Waterman and truck driver John Fuller. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 12, 2012 1:29AM
HINSDALE — Residents could not miss seeing their tax dollars at work this summer.
The village undertook $13.5 million of road and infrastructure improvements.
“It’s probably two to three times more than we normally do,” said village engineer Daniel Deeter.
The work along Chestnut Street is practically complete, but construction will continue for another two months elsewhere in the village.
Hinsdale is working to replace its outdated combined sewer system with separate pipes for sewage and stormwater.
“We have a multiyear program for separating the combined sewers,” that stretches until 2021, Deeter said.
That’s what was happening on Chestnut from Quincy to Vine streets, with new sewers also installed on the some of the side streets north of Chestnut to Chicago Avenue.
The Chestnut Street project was substantially complete on Aug. 8, Deeter said, with the project is estimated to cost $116,000 less than budgeted.
It’s too early to say whether the reconstruction of north Washington and Grant streets will come in under or over budget, Deeter said. The village hired John Neri Construction Co. to separate the sewers and install new water mains on Washington from Maple Street north to Ogden Avenue; and on Grant from Fourth Street north to Center Street; plus work on Lansing and Walnut streets, for up to $4.2 million.
Work on the southern portion of Washington is basically finished, but Grant Street looks like “a war zone,” Village Manager David Cook. Construction on Grant is not scheduled to be done until November, Cook said.
The Woodlands Green area in southeastern Hinsdale is in the first phase of a six-year capital improvements plan.
The first phase, expected to be finished by Thanksgiving, includes new water mains and storm sewers on Seventh Street, Woodland Avenue, Cleveland Road and Harding Road, and the residential streets within those boundaries.
Landscaping and the final road paving will not be done until the spring.
The construction on and around Fourth Street is part of the village’s annual resurfacing program, but inevitably when streets are resurfaced, “we find utility improvements are needed,” Deeter said.
The village hired Pirtano Construction Co. to do sewer work and road resurfacing on Fourth from Garfield west to Madison, on Clay Street from Fourth north to Hinsdale Avenue, on two blocks of North Monroe and one block of north Quincy, for an amount not to exceed $2.1 million. The work is more than 55 percent finished, Deeter reported.
Construction on Fourth, which includes a new water main extending to the intersection of Fourth and Garfield, has blocked traffic on Garfield recently.
That construction may last until November.