The Hannah Avenue resurfacing and water main replacement is about two weeks behind schedule, Public Works Director John Doss said July 27.
Unexpected rain showers and a few unforeseen breaks in the existing water main pipe caused the delay, Doss said. The village has notified residents on the 400 and 500 blocks of Hannah Avenue, as well as District 91 officials.
Some of the construction is happening in front of Garfield Elementary School, which sits on the northwest corner of Jackson Boulevard and Hannah Avenue. The project’s original “substantial completion” date was Aug. 18, according to the proposal approved June 26 by the Forest Park Village Council.
The first day of school is set for Aug. 21.
“There [were] seven or eight days lost, working days,” Doss said. “We’ve been working non-stop, we’re catching up.”
“I do appreciate the village giving us a heads up,” District 91 Supt. Lou Cavallo said July 26. “The village is being very cooperative and helpful.”
Cavallo said the district will keep parents informed throughout the process, including through social media and the school system’s website. Garfield will still be open for kindergarten screenings and school registration as planned, scheduled for several days over the next three weeks. There will not be parking on Hannah Avenue during registration, Cavallo said. He encouraged parents to walk, if possible.
“That’s the best option,” Cavallo said.
The Hannah Avenue work is part of the village’s 2017 Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) Resurfacing Project. Crews are also working on Washington Street from Harlem Avenue to Marengo Avenue.
The village council selected J.A. Johnson Paving for the $826,939.20 project June 26.