The Village contains approximately 40 miles of water main, which carries approximately 1.7M gallons throughout the Village on an average day.  Multiple locations of this water main fail in a given year, typically in the winter.  In order to reduce the amount of emergency repairs needed the Village replaces a portion of this system on an annual basis. 

This project is typically completed by cutting a trench in the pavement on one side of the street, installing the new water main and transferring individual services from the old water main to the new water main.  It can be quite disruptive during construction, however, this is usually the most cost effective way to replace a water main. 


2017 Project Information


Project Updates

  • 10/18/17 - The paving contractor is installing the first layer of asphalt today. This can be driven over at any point and will not cause any access issues. Later this week (likely Friday) the water main contractor will return to raise all of the manholes back up to grade. This will result in some barricades throughout the roadway but this too should not affect access. Once the final layer of asphalt is installed next week, the roadway work will be complete. Sod is currently scheduled for later this week, most likely on Friday. 
  • 10/12/17 - The contractor will be finishing concrete work this week with pavement milling to start next Tuesday. The first layer of asphalt will be installed shortly thereafter, depending on how much base-patching may be needed. The first layer of asphalt should be complete by Thursday of next week. Please note that although there will be more activity and equipment, universal access throughout the area should not be an issue. The milling operation will only be removing the top 2" of pavement and the new asphalt can be driven on shortly after it is compacted. Once this work is completed the landscaping restoration will take place, followed by the final layer of asphalt. 
  • 9/27/17 - The contractor is currently removing curb and gutter throughout the area. These removals will be replaced starting next week on Monday. All curb that is in front of a driveway will be left in place until Monday morning, at which time it will need to be removed so that the new one will be poured. Notices to those homes that will have driveway access affected during this time will be notified later this week. 
  • 9/25/17 - Due to some utility conflicts, it will not be possible to directionally bore the final two water services across the street. These services will need to be excavated from the water main to the buffalo box, which will result in some additional noise and road closures. As the roadway will be completely opened up, vehicles will not be able to cross through this area until the work is done and the excavations are backfilled. This work should be completed by the end of the day today. Tomorrow, the final disconnection of the old water main will take place. After that, there should be no more remaining work associated with the water main. Concrete replacement will begin shortly thereafter, followed by roadway resurfacing.
  • 9/14/17 - Installation of the water main along both River Oaks and Auvergne is complete. Pressure Testing and Disinfection were completed last week and the contractor started transferring water services from the old main to the new main this week. Once all services have been transferred, the old main will be cut/capped and abandoned. Remaining work at that time will include concrete/sod restoration as well as full-width pavement resurfacing on both streets. 
  • 8/9/17 - Construction of the water main along River Oaks has gone well without any surprises along the way. Today, the contractor will be installing a valve at the south end of the street (just north of Lake Street). Once this is completed, they will head back to the intersection of River Oaks/Auvergne and begin working south down Auvergne. Due to tight work space constraints, the Village will be installing No Parking signs along Auvergne for the duration of the water main installation. This is only anticipated to last for a few days, however, with the roadway being as narrow as it is, this is the safest way to allow the contractor to complete the necessary work. We appreciate your cooperation during this project. 
  • 8/3/17 - Water main installation began this week along River Oaks. To minimize damage to adjacent properties, the contractor is working west (then south) down River Oaks toward Lake Street. Once this section is completed, they will start up again at the River Oaks/Auvergne intersection and work their way south down Auvergne to Lake Street.
  • 7/27/17 - Excavation is now scheduled to begin on Monday, July 31st.
  • 7/25/17 - Due to elevated groundwater levels, excavation will be unable to start as planned this week. If excavation were to begin, there would be a substantial amount of pumping required to keep the trench dry and the area would become extremely muddy. To minimize the additional efforts needed to maintain a safe and clean worksite, we will continue to monitor the situation and will begin excavation as soon as possible. 
  • 7/20/17 - Due to the forecast of heavy rain this week, the excavation work that was previously scheduled for the end of this week has been pushed back to next Monday. 
  • 7/13/17 - A walk-through of the project specifics was conducted with the contractor yesterday afternoon. IDOT approval has been granted and, as such, work is scheduled to begin next week. Some barricades may be dropped off later this week. Additionally, Village Staff will be marking the limits of tree root pruning that will be taking place early next week. The roots of trees (adjacent to the sidewalk) will be saw-cut so that during the excavation process the roots will not be damaged. This creates a "clean-break" which minimizes damage to the tree. This is a common practice when excavation is required in close proximity to mature trees. Later in the week, excavation for water main installation will also begin. Work is currently scheduled to start at the River Oaks/Lake intersection and proceed in a clockwise direction through the area. 
  • 6/16/17 - Earlier this week the Village held an open-house meeting to provide project information and answer any questions to those property owners that will be affected by the project. The contractor is tentatively scheduled to begin work toward the end of the month but this is dependent upon some utility information that the Village still needs from AT&T. 
  • A contract has been awarded for this project to Unique Plumbing, Co. While a start date has not yet been established, the work is anticipated to be complete by the end of June. An Open House Meeting will be scheduled at the end of May to provide further details regarding the scope of work. All those affected by the project should have received a general notification letter and will receive a postcard with details for the Open House Meeting. 

Curb and Sidewalk Replacement Project

This project consists of the removal and replacement of defective curb and sidewalk throughout the Village.  The Village has been divided into regions which are proactively surveyed on a 3-year cycle (Inspection Map).  In addition to any defective curb and sidewalk found during the survey, residents can contact the Village at 708-366-8500 to be placed on an inspection list.  Once preparation for the next project begins, those placed on the list will be contacted by Village Staff. 

Sidewalk replacement falls into three different categories:  

Category #1 - 100% Village Cost - The Village will pay 100% of the cost for replacement of those sections of sidewalk that contain qualifying trip hazards or are substantially damaged.

Category #2 - 50% Village/50% Resident Cost - The Village will split the cost of replacement with the adjacent property owner if there is some damage present, but it does not meet the requirements of Category #1.

Category #3 - 100% Resident Cost - If a resident requests that public sidewalk be replaced as part of the Village Project, but it does not meet the criteria of Category #1 or Category #2, the Village will still manage the replacement but it will be at 100% Resident cost.

In addition to replacement of the public curb and sidewalk, the Village also allows for the replacement of private residential driveway aprons and private carriage walks.  As these only serve a private use they will be at 100% Resident Cost, however, the benefit of receiving the Village’s unit pricing should allow for the replacement at a cheaper rate than an individual resident would typically receive. 

2017 Project Information

This work will once again take place throughout the Village.  Depending on the contractor and weather, it can be completed within a relatively short period of time.  The construction typically takes place between mid-June to mid-August. 


Project Updates

  • 9/14/17 - Village Staff have been working with the contractor to identify "punchlist" items that remain to be completed. These are small restoration-related items that should not affect access at any time. The contractor has indicated that they intend to return during the week of 9/18 to complete this work.
  • 8/10/17 - This project is substantially complete. Final inspection of the landscape restoration will take place in the coming days, however, all concrete work has been completed. 
  • 8/3/17 - Work is more than half complete on this project. The contractor started at the south end of the Village and continues to head north. We are currently anticipating substantial completion by the end of this week.
  • 7/13/17 - Work on this project will be starting on Monday (7/17) with concrete removals. This portion of the work will take approximately 3 days. For any residents that will experience disruption in their driveway access, concrete removal will not take place until Wednesday. Notices will be delivered to each of these homes on Monday. The entire project is anticipated to last approximately 2 weeks. Please use caution at all locations where sidewalk has been removed. Barricades will be placed at these locations to warn of the missing sections. 
  • 6/16/17 - Staff is wrapping up inspections for all 2017 work. For any work involving a shared cost between the Village and the property owner, payment will need to be submitted by next Friday, 6/23. This is to ensure Staff can adequately complete the scope of work for the contractor. 
  • 5/10/17 - Sidewalk inspections will start up toward the end of May. Anyone that has already called and asked to be placed on the list for an inspection will be contacted. Inspections will continue through June. Work is anticipated to take place between mid-July and mid-August.
  • Village Staff is currently taking requests to be added to the 2016 list. Please call 708-366-8500 for any inquiries or to be added to the list.

This project is a continuation of the streetscape improvements along Madison Street east of DesPlaines Avenue.  The continuation of improvements will extend from DesPlaines Avenue to Park Avenue.  The objective is to improve the pavement condition, provide a more attractive gateway between Forest Park and River Forest, and improve driver and pedestrian safety.

This joint project between River Forest and Forest Park is being funded through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) and the Surface Transportation Program (STP).

The project scope includes the following items:

  • Pavement reconstruction on Madison street from Park Avenue to DesPlaines Avenue
  • Pedestrian bump-outs will be installed at all intersections, which provides traffic calming and reduces the width of street that a pedestrian needs to cross.
  • Additional streetscape features at bump-out locations including landscaped planters, benches, trash receptacles, and stamped/colored pedestrian crosswalks.
  • Landscaped median islands
  • Replacement of all street lighting with decorative street lighting
  • Replacement of sidewalk and construction of a new brick paver ribbon.

Click here for a rendering of the proposed improvements.


Project Updates

  • Project completed!  Click here for a description of the results.
  • 5/10/16 - Street lighting has recently been completed and minor sidewalk and brick repair work will be completed within the next week. Street signs will be installed on Wednesday, May 11th with the landscaping of the planter beds and medians to follow within the next two weeks.  
  • 3/11/16 - Remaining construction will start up again on the Madison St. Project within the next 2-3 weeks. The new light poles will start getting installed as soon as March 28th. Remaining concrete sidewalk restoration and some median work (decorative curb installation) will also begin around that time. Most of this work will take place from within the parking lanes so while there will still be substantial work taking place, the plan is to minimize inconvenience to the lanes of traffic and area business as much as possible. 
  • 11/12/15 - Median curbs have all been installed and level binder (the lower layers of asphalt) have been installed throughout the entire driving surface. Surface asphalt was originally scheduled for Wednesday/Thursday of this week but due to inclement weather it had to be re-scheduled. Currently the surface asphalt is scheduled for installation on Saturday (11/14) to take advantage of the optimal weather forecast. Roadway striping will be installed during the week of the 16th. This work will wrap up the scope of construction for this fall, with remaining items to be completed in the spring. Remaining items include completion of the medians, plantings throughout the medians and numerous planting beds and installation of the new street lights. 
  • 10/29/15 - Traffic patterns will once again be changing over the course of today and tomorrow, this time to allow for pavement removal in the median area. This pavement will be removed next week and will be followed immediately with the installation of the median curb. Also starting tomorrow (and through next week) paver bricks will be installed along the River Forest side of the project to match the Forest Park side. After the pavement and curb work are completed next week, the roadway will be ready for the installation of the final layer of "surface" asphalt which will take place during the week of 11/9. Until then it will be a bumpy ride through the project area due to manhole adjustments. As always, please use caution while driving through the work site - especially when workers are present. 
  • 10/13/15 - Paving along Madison Street is currently scheduled for Thursday, October 15th. This will include the disturbed area along the north side of Madison Street as well as the intersections with Lathrop, Ashland, Franklin and Park Avenues. In order to complete the paving work within a single day, the areas will have to be "prepared" in advance of the paving operation. Some of this preparation work will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) with the remainder occurring on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, these intersections will have to be closed to traffic during this time.  Starting Wednesday, the following intersections will be closed:
    • Madison @ Ashland
    • Madison @ Franklin
    • Madison @ Park

          Starting Thursday morning, Madison @ Lathrop will also be closed for preparation and paving. It is anticipated that all               intersections will be open to traffic again by the end of the workday on Thursday, October 15th. Please follow all road               closure signs and use caution when driving through this area.

  • 10/1/15 - Work continues along the north side of Madison Street with all underground construction anticipated to be completed by the end of this week. Concrete curb preparation is taking place at the east end of the project area and will be poured tomorrow. Concrete work will be taking place on and off (throughout the entire project area) over the next several days. Once completed, paver bricks will be installed, followed by the asphalt pavement. Assuming the weather cooperates, we are anticipating substantial completion with the construction along the north side of the street by the end of the month.  
  • 9/18/15 - The presence of an abandoned gas main has caused some delay but should be resolved by early next week. Due to some liquid found in the main, Nicor is required to properly drain the main and cut/cap it at locations needed for the continuation of the Village-project.  The line will be cleaned out next Monday and cut/capped on Tuesday.  Normal construction operations should resume by Wednesday, possibly even later in the day on Tuesday depending on Nicor's progress. 
  • 9/1/15 - Starting on Tuesday, September 8th, traffic will be moved to the south side of Madison Street in order to begin construction on the River Forest side. This will indicate the start of Stage 3 of the project, which is anticipated to last approximately 6-8 weeks.  
  • 8/20/15 - Stage 2 of the project is nearing an end. Much of the concrete work has been poured on the south side of Madison Street and foundations for the light poles will be constructed next. Within approximately 2-3 weeks construction of Stage 2 will be complete and work will begin on the River Forest side (Stage 3). During this time, both lanes of traffic will be shifted to the south side of Madison Street. The entire project is approximately 40% complete.  
  • 7/23/15 - Stage 1 of the project is now complete.  This work involved a substantial amount of underground construction on the Forest Park side as well as temporary paving of the median.  Stage 2 will begin today, which includes the actual streetscape improvement installation on the Forest Park side.  Eastbound traffic has been moved into the median during this stage, which is estimated to last between 6 and 8 weeks to complete.  At that time, traffic will be moved to the south half of the street and streetscape improvements will begin on the River Forest side.  
  • 7/2/15 - A substantial amount of work has been completed in the past month.  The majority of work in the median has been completed as well as some water main infrastructure improvements along the south side of the street.  The next stage of construction will involve streetscape improvements along the Forest Park side before work moves north to the River Forest side.  At this point, it will still be a few weeks before substantial work progresses to the north side of Madison Street.  
  • 5/29/15 - Work will be starting along Madison St during the week of 6/1.  The first stage of the project will be taking place within the median.  While the contractor will attempt to maintain typical access from River Forest streets onto Madison throughout the project duration, there will be numerous times during this first stage of construction where the only access onto Madison St will be RIGHT TURN ONLY within the project area.  
  • 5/21/15 - Notices will be distributed today, to those businesses along the north and south sides of Madison that will be affected by the construction.  Everyone that receives a notice should provide the requested contact information as soon as possible as many of the future communications will be sent via email through the Village of Forest Park.  
  • 5/19/15 - A pre-construction meeting was held today between the Villages of River Forest and Forest Park, Christopher B. Burke Engineering Staff, and Alliance Contractors.  The work is tentatively scheduled to begin on 6/1.  The initial phase of this project will include some work along the median and should not impact traffic patterns greatly.  This first phase of work is anticipated to take approximately 1 month with the following phase to include work along the south half of Madison. During this second phase, eastbound lanes of traffic will be moved up into the median which will have been paved during phase 1.
  • 4/28/15 - The project has recently been cleared for award.  Project coordination continues as the lengthy, state-caused delay has substantially affected the project timeline.
  • 4/20/15 - The funding for the project is currently on-hold at the state level.  Continued efforts will be made to expedite the start of construction as much as possible. 

 This project will involve the reconstruction of the alley between Gale and Keystone (from Madison to Vine). The intent is to install some form of permeable pavement that will allow an improved driving surface without creating any stormwater runoff. This type of application was recently installed in the Quick Alley (between Quick and Oak, from Bonnie Brae to Harlem) and on the William St Alley (between North and LeMoyne, from William to Clinton). These alleys were previously in disrepair and experienced some level of stormwater ponding. Both now consist of new pavement with permeable pavers and neither experience stormwater ponding during or after rain events. 


Project Updates

  • 8/3/17 - This project is currently being designed by Village Staff. A grant application was also submitted to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) in an attempt to receive some portion of funding to help expedite the construction of the project. 

This project consists of two different product applications. The first is referred to as "crack filling" and involves the application of a thick, bituminous liquid to all pavement cracks within a designated area. The purpose of this is to prevent additional water from entering the asphalt road, which causes further deterioration. The second application is referred to as "pavement rejuvenation" which involves the application of a product that “soaks” into the existing asphalt and prevents it from experiencing failures as soon as the applied product is dry.  This application helps extend the life of the existing pavement without the need for additional overlays or resurfacing. 

During application of the crack fill material, traffic is minimally affected.  The material can be driven upon almost immediately, however, caution should be exercised when workers are present. During application of the pavement rejuvenation material, the road is closed down and all vehicular access is completely restricted.  It typically takes 3-4 hours for the material to dry and for access to be restored.


Project Updates

  • 10-10-17 - The work is now scheduled for Friday, October 13th. Door notices will be delivered either Tuesday or Wednesday this week, with No Parking signage being installed on Thursday. The work should be complete by the end of the day Friday and all signage and equipment will be removed from the area. 
  • 10-2-17 - Due to this week's weather forecast, the pavement rejuvenation will have to be delayed. Currently, we are looking at the end of next week (October 11-13) as possible days to complete this work. Additional information will be provided as we get closer to that timeframe and weather forecasts become more detailed.
  • 9-29-17 - As of now, this work is still scheduled for next Wednesday, October 4th. Notices will be delivered to each affected home (click here for a copy) and No Parking Signage will be placed in the parkway on affected streets. 
  • 9-18-17 - Due to a conflict with the contractor's schedule, the dates of application have been revised. We are now looking at October 4th and 5th as application dates. 
  • 9-14-17 - The crackfill portion of this project has been completed as of this week. As stated in the 9-1-17 update below, the pavement rejuvenation portion of the work is still to come. Staff has identified streets to be treated and all those that will be affected should have received notification letters. Additional notices will be delivered at least 24 hrs in advance of the work. Currently, we are targeting 9/27 and 9/28 as application dates. As this work is weather dependent, these dates may change. 
  • 9-1-17 - This work is tentatively scheduled for the latter half of the month of September. The plan is to complete this work overnight to avoid conflicts with traffic. The operation is fairly quiet and does not take long at each site so disturbance should be minimal. No Parking signage will be placed along the curb on all streets where the work is to occur. Notices will also be delivered by the contractor to all affected homes at least 24 hours in advance of the work so that any cars needed during this time can be removed from the area before the work begins. A map of the affected streets can be seen here
  • 8-23-17 - The contractor will be in town on Thursday this week, to begin crackfilling. The work will likely take a few days and will be minimally invasive. Please use caution when driving near this construction crew. 
  • A contract has been awarded for the Pavement Rejuvenation portion of this work to Denler, Inc. This is the same contractor that completed the project in 2016 and they will be applying the same product - BioRestor. While the product application is accompanied by a strong odor, it is an environmentally safe product that is preferable to alternative products in many ways. The application takes place very quickly and the roads are only closed for as long as it takes to dry. This is typically about 2-3 hours, depending on the weather. Those properties that will be affected by this work will receive notification letters in the coming days and the contractor will deliver an additional notice (door hangers) no less than 24 hours in advance of the application. The work will take place during the month of September.