Water main project moves through village

Work from Harlem to Circle on south side expected to be complete by July 15

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By Robert J. Lifka

Contributing reporter

Work will continue this week on Fillmore Street in Forest Park for the installation of a water main to be used by the Brookfield-North Riverside Water Commission.

The project, which began last month, involves the installation of a 12,100-foot-long, 36-inch ductile iron water main from Harlem to Hannah avenues, where it will connect to an existing 20-inch pipe owned by the water commission. The overall project started last year with similar work in Oak Park.

The connection at Hannah is scheduled to be complete today (May 17), allowing mainline installation from Hannah to Circle Avenue to begin May 18. Auguring under Harlem, which began earlier this month, is scheduled to be completed Friday. Project officials said alleys are open but garage access along Fillmore is limited.

The project is scheduled to be completed by July 15.

The entire roadway will be reconstructed, including new curbs and gutters and removal and resetting of the original brick paver blocks, removal of which was completed last week. The parkway will be restored up to the sidewalk and ADA compliant sidewalks will be installed at each intersection.

Project officials said contractors have been informed that the start times, 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturdays, will be strictly enforced. Street sweeping is scheduled on Friday, beginning at 1 p.m.

Forest Park officials noted that the project is solely funded by the Brookfield-North Riverside commission and no village funds are being expended.

Residents fronting Fillmore will receive notices identifying driveway service interruption. During the construction period, there will be no parking along Fillmore. Alley access will be maintained. Updates are being posted on the village website, www.forestpark.net. To access the updates, search Village Improvement Program. 

In the works for two years, the $17 million project is designed to provide a supplemental water main for the water commission, whose principal water supply comes via a pipe built in 1938, which is nearing the end of its useful life.

The commission, which supplies water to Brookfield, North Riverside, Lyons and LaGrange Park, wants an emergency supply line in case any portion of the old concrete water main fails or if service needs to be interrupted to make repairs to it.

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