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Capital Improvements
Status of Projects
The village is in the process of completing several Capital Improvement Projects that are intended to improve the quality of life in the village, replace aging infrastructure and support economic development in the near future. Longtime residents will understand and appreciate the nature of these projects as we move in a position to benefit from an economic recovery and the potential revenue that it will bring. Below is a summary of planned projects that were implemented in 2011 / 2012.

2013 Street Resurfacing Program
Over $500,000 of street resurfacing will take place this summer as part of project that involves a combination of Motor Fuel Tax money and a $200,000 CDBG grant.  Streets to be completed as part this year's project:

Kenton                        148th St to 149th St              
149th St                      Kenton to Knox
144th St                      Kenton to Kolmar
Ridgeway                    Crosswalk (15230) to 153rd St
Millard                         152nd Pl to 153rd Pl
Lawndale                    148th St to 148th Pl
Kilbourn                      151st St to 152nd St
152nd St                       Kilbourn to Kenton (north half of street)
Keystone                     143rd St to 144th St
Lavergne                     147th St to 147th Ct.
147th Ct. (4900 block)  Cul de Sac
Kilpatrick                     14441 to 145th St
Kilpatrick                     14324 to 144th St
144th & Trip               Intersection                      
Karlov                           143rd to 14311
Kilbourn                       14821-14837*
150th St                        Hamlin to Avers*
148th St                        3736 to Hamlin*
Ridgeway                      14430 to 145th St.*
Central Park                 146th to 147th
Alley                               Trumbull to Homan
Clifton Park                  147th to 148th
147th Pl                         Hamlin to Central Park
148th Pl                         Lawndale to Central Park

*Some streets on this particular list have been resurfaced in the recent past and have had some failure. The contractor will be addressing these problems. 


Water Main Replacement
A significant amount of deteriorated and undersized water mains were replaced primarily in the Northeast Quadrant of the Village. Three separate projects are planned:

  • 147th St Metra Station to Millard - This project was completed in the Fall of 2011.  We replaced the worst section of water main in the Village. It was funded partially with CDBG grant obtained by the Village in the amount of $100,000. The Village also will be receiving an addtional performance based grant of $100,000 from the program for the project.
  • Abbottsford Rd. 147th St to 145th St. - This project took place in the summer of 2012 as the Village has received $150,000 CDBG grant to help funding.
  • Mulitple Blocks of Water Main - This was the largest project by far and involved several blocks of replacement including 147th St , Waverly, Abbottsford and Hamlin to name a few.  Work began in April 2012. All that remains is Cicero Ave. 145th St to 147th St.  Review the entire Replacement Program.

Water Meter Replacement Program
In the Fall/Winter of 2011, the Village replaced approximately 80% of the water meters in the village. We upgraded to a fixed base system so that your meter will be read wirelessly to antennas located in strategic positions throughout the village. This allows us to read specific routes on demand and produce bills in a quick, efficient and accurate manner, thereby saving manpower and potentially changing our billing cycle to monthly or bi-monthly rather than quarterly. Your cooperation was greatly appreciated during this effort.

Natalie Creek Bridge Replacement
Over the last 50 years, Keystone, Karlov and Keeler have overflowed their banks bringing repeated flooding damage to residents nearby Natalie Creek. This long standing problem should be resolved with the completion of this much needed project. Recently all three streets have experienced collapses due to the deterioration of the corrugated metal pipe culverts that currently exist. Pouring dollars into temporary repairs was no longer an option and the village replaced the culverts with pre-cast bridges across the entire span of Natalie Creek thereby eliminating debris from blocking flow. The restrictive nature of the old culverts will no longer be a problem and while we still expect Natalie Creek to swell significantly during major storms we feel this improvement will not only bring flood relief to the immediate area, but also improve public safety as the streets will no longer be in danger of collapsing.