Air pipes

Forest Park to repave, replace lead pipes on Jackson Blvd.

The Village of Forest Park will use the upcoming resurfacing of the section of Jackson Boulevard between Des Plaines Avenue and Madison Street to complete the watermain replacement, while postponing the planned watermain replacement along blocks 800-900 of Ferdinand Avenue until 2023.

During the April 25 meeting of the Forest Park Village Council, Village Administrator Moses Amidei briefed the commissioners on the status of infrastructure projects planned for 2022 and 2023. He recommended that construction projects be put on hold. water pipes because while state law passed last year requires Forest Park to replace lead pipes within the next 20 years, the village is trying to determine how much state and federal funding it will he would be able to get to offset some of the costs.

Amidei recommended moving ahead with replacing the lead pipes on Jackson Boulevard because the terms of the federal grant that is part-funding it require the village to complete it this year, and it made more sense to s to take care of pipes while the street was already being repaired.

Other major projects in the plan include repaving two driveways, developing the design of new bike racks at Harlem and Forest Park Blue Line el stations, improving the Van Buren Street multi-use pathway, which connects the ‘Illinois Prairie Path at Forest Park Station el. , painting of the north water tower and repaving of the north and south towers.

The only project whose fate remains pending is the proposal to repave a village parking lot at 510 des Plaines Avenue with a permeable roadway. Amidei told the review that this village is still looking for funding to cover higher-than-expected bids, and if it doesn’t find funding by the end of May, the project will most likely be canceled.

The Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act, which went into effect in early 2022, requires all municipalities in Illinois to develop a plan for how to remove lead water lines from service lines. by April 15, 2024 and act on the plan within the time frame based on the number of lead pipes a municipality has. And where previously municipalities only had to replace lead pipes to the gate valve at the property line, they now have to replace pipes to the building itself.

According to a 2020 village report, the most recent data available on the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency website, in 2019 Forest Park had 1,849 plumb lines.

Amidei told commissioners that Forest Park had requested public funding of $4 million to help replace the plumb line, but he expected ‘at least $20 million worth of work over the next 22 years. “.

On April 15, the village went to bid on a stormwater and sewage separation project on the section of 15th Street between Circle and Marengo avenues. Amidei said while this project continues, he recommended pushing back the Ferdinand Service Line Replacement Project, which does not yet have a cost estimate, until 2023 when the village has a better understanding. the amount of state and federal funding it might have.

The resurfacing portion of the Jackson Boulevard project will cost $568,000, including $418,000 from a federal Surface Transportation Program grant. The replacement portion of the lead service will be funded by $80,000 from the village water fund.

Amidei said four alleys were in particularly dire condition. He proposed taking two this year — an east-west driveway directly south of Madison Street, between Elgin and Harlem avenues, and a north-south driveway north of Roosevelt Road, between Elgin, Harlem and Filmore.

Other projects face jurisdictional issues. Amidei said the project to repaint the $1.5 million north water tower is still awaiting CTA approval. The $540,000 in Van Buren Street multi-use path improvements, $247,500 of which comes from the Invest in Cook grant, will require the village to negotiate with the Altenheim retirement community, since the path crosses part of its property.

Forest Park also planned to repave the village-owned parking lot at 510 Des Plaines Ave. The cost of the project was initially estimated at $288,000, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) had previously agreed to cover $201,600 of that cost. But the lowest bid came in at $345,000 and MWRD refused to increase its share. At the February 14 meeting, the council tabled the issue as the village debates whether it can obtain funding through the federal Water Resources Development Act.

Amidei said that while the project is currently part of the plan, the board will vote on whether to proceed at the May 9 or May 23 meeting.