The village’s two year, $10 million infrastructure improvement program was completed under budget, according to a presentation Monday night to the village council, and the money saved on the program may be leveraged for additional projects.
The Village Improvement Program (VIP) took aim at rehabbing some 40 percent of the town’s alleys and another 25 percent of its streets. Upgrades to sub-surface infrastructure were made as well, with the replacement of aging water pipes.
Village Administrator Mike Sturino described the project as “an impressive feat,” that will ultimately ease traffic flow.
With the help of a .5 percent sales tax referendum, the village raised a little more than $10 million for the project. Reconstruction began in September 2005 after a study of the village’s roadways was completed in March of that year.
“We knew that the scale of the project was ambitious,” Sturino said. “We knew it would take at least two years to complete. There was even some talk of three years, so we wanted to hit the ground running.”
Because of the large number of improvements that needed to be made, the village had to break the project into two reconstructive phases. The first phase took roughly 10 months to complete, and the second roughly seven months.
Work performed south of the Eisenhower expressway proved to be more costly and more involved than that done north of the expressway, due in large part to the area’s comparably poor infrastructure.
All told, more than 22,300 feet of alleyway and 3,400 feet of roadway were completely reconstructed. Another 10,600 feet of roadway was resurfaced, and traffic calming measures were installed at two intersections.
“We’ve gotten very good feedback on the aesthetics of the project,” Sturino said.
The final cost of the project was roughly $9.8 million, but with water fund and permit fee reimbursements, the net total from the VIP fund was $9,317,594. According to Sturino, the extra money will be reinvested into the village’s infrastructure by leveraging for federal grant money to reconstruct Harvard and Jackson streets.
Following Sturino’s presentation, village engineer Mike Stirk presented the council with a replica of a commemorative plaque – since the real one weighs more than 80 pounds – and thanked them for their supporting roles in the plan.
“As a civil engineer, you hope to be involved in a project that allows you to see what happens when good leadership and common goals make something like this possible,” Stirk said.
Pictures of the completed results will be uploaded to the village Web site for residents to view at their leisure.
“We’ve reached a milestone in the village and we’re really excited about it,” Sturino said. “The project was universally embraced, and all objectives were achieved.”