Forest Park’s village government has approved project specs and gone out to bid on water main replacement and street resurfacing on Thomas Street and Monroe Street on the north side of town.

The 7700 block of Monroe Street and 400 and 500 blocks of Thomas Avenue will undergo water main replacement, from a four-inch pipe to an eight-inch, according to Village Administrator Tim Gillian. The 600 block of Thomas will be resurfaced only.

The project is estimated to cost around $1.3 million. Approximately $770,000 will be paid for through the water fund, and $530,000 through Motor Fuel Taxes (MFT). The village will open bids on April 7. Gillian said he hopes the contract will be approved and awarded at the April 12 village council meeting. The work, which will take several months, is estimated to begin this spring.

This particular project, according to Gillian, had previously gone out for bid last year, but with COVID-19 expenses hitting village finances hard, the contract was never executed.

The project was included in the list of 2021 planned infrastructure work put forth by village engineers Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. and presented to the village council at the Feb. 8 village council meeting.