Construction Projects and Capital Improvement Plan

Please click on this link for a map of various construction projects:.2022 Construction Project Map

Please click on this link for the current Capital Improvement Plan.

Village Construction Project Updates

Milwaukee Avenue and Waukegan Road Street Lighting Replacement

New street light poles and fixtures are being installed on Milwaukee Avenue from Albion Avenue to Greenwood Avenue, and on Waukegan Road from Milwaukee Avenue to Main Street.

Final pole installations and punch list items are underway and will continue throughout the summer.  Weather permitting, the project is scheduled for a October, 2022 completion.  This project installed a total of 370 light poles and 76,000 linear feet of fiber optic conduit.

Howard Street Improvements

The work on Howard Street is nearing its full completion with only punch list items and restoration still scheduled. Howard Street received a much needed overhaul from Milwaukee Avenue to Lehigh Avenue. Aspects of improvement include water main, utilities, storm sewer, street resurfacing, major safety improvements, bike lanes, lighting, and more. Thank you to all those that have participated in the improvement project, Howard Street Commuters, and most or all our Niles residents.

New Howard Street Information Page

Howard Street North Branch Trail Crossing with Flashing Beacons Information Page

2022 Street Program

The contract for the 2022 Street Program was awarded in May.  Construction began in Summer 2022 and is scheduled to be completed in November 2022. Streets/alleys to be improved include:

  • Neva Avenue from Harvard Street to Oakton Street
  • Seward, Nora & Oakton Court east of Harlem Avenue
  • Lyons Street from Callero Drive to Washington Street
  • Maryland Street from Loras Lane to Lyons Street
  • Courtland Avenue from Lyons Street to North End
  • Crain Street from Milwaukee Avenue to Merrill Street
  • Merrill Street from Greenleaf Street to Crain Street
  • Oriole Avenue from Greenleaf Street to Dempster Street
  • Ozark Avenue from Main Street to Greenleaf Street
  • Kedzie Street from Ottawa Avenue to Oriole Avenue
  • Ottawa Avenue from Kedzie Street to Lee Street
  • Oleander Avenue form Kedzie Street to Greenleaf Street
  • Main Street from Oleander Avenue to Oketo Avenue
  • Nottingham Avenue from Dobson Street to South End
  • Fargo Avenue from Waukegan Road to Nordica Avenue
  • Neva Street from Birchwood Avenue to Oakton Street
  • Alley south of Dempster between Harlem Avenue and Shermer Road
  • Alley north of Oakton Street between Merrill Street and Ozanam Avenue.
  • Alley north of Grennan Place between Milwaukee Avenue and Ottowa Avenue
  • Alleys north of Albion Avenue between Newcastle Avenue and Normandy Avenue

Resident Information Bulletin - Full

Resident Information Bulletin - Partial

Resident Information Bulletin - Neva-Seward

Resident Information Bulletin - Alleys

Additional locations may be awarded via alternate bids pending budget availability. 

Milwaukee Avenue Streetscape Project

The Illinois Department of Transportation awarded the Phase VI Streetscape construction project for work from Howard Street to Jonquil Terrace.  Streetscape and landscape elements were completed in November, 2021 along the east side of Milwaukee with only punch list work left to be completed. Decorative crosswalks across Milwaukee Avenue and Howard Street work has begun. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed in November 2022.   

Greenwood Stormwater Basin

Competitive bids have been received for the project.  Construction began in September, 2021. The detention pond and StormTrap underground detention system have been completed. Sewer work has been completed on Church Street from Greenwood Avenue to the east side of Milwaukee Avenue as of December 2021. Sewer work in the Courtland Park neighborhood was completed in February 2022. Reconstruction of Church Street from Greenwood to Cumberland has begun as of April 2022. Paving and restoration work in the Courtland Park neighborhood should be complete in early Summer 2022. The project is scheduled to be significantly completed by September, 2022 with landscape and plantings to be completed in early 2023.

Construction of the Greenwood Stormwater Basin project in Niles was financed by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF), a grant from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) and local funds. The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This project includes construction of approximately 14 acre-feet of stormwater storage; with an open water basin with native plantings, underground storage chambers beneath an event lawn, storm sewer improvements, water main improvements and landscaping. Once complete, it will improve water quality for area residents and businesses in Niles by causing stormwater flow rate reduction, sediment collection and removal from runoff. The green infrastructure will provide temporary storage for stormwater runoff and allow stormwater infiltration, reduce runoff and flooding, and improve water quality. SRF programs operate in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our most valuable resources: water.

Construction Update Week of September 26, 2022

  • Progress Made the Past Week:  Continue plantings around Greenwood and open event area. Install irrigation fence enclosure. Fiber Optic cable and termination installation.
  • Anticipated construction for the next week: Work is weather dependent. Continue plantings around Greenwood and open event area. Install block retaining wall along Church Street..
  • Current road closures and detours:  Daily lane closures on Church as needed. 
  • New road closures or detours expected for the following week: Daily lane closures on Church as needed.
  • Road closures that are ending: N/A

IDOT Construction Project Updates

Harlem Ave from Oakton St to Dempster St is one of several IDOT resurfacing projects scheduled in 2022 in the Village of Niles. Following the end of the strike involving construction materials, construction resumed the week of July 25th.   The Hot-Mix Asphalt Surface Course was put down that week and permanent Pavement Markings are being placed the week of August 1st.  Please keep in mind that project schedules are approximate and dependent on weather and other factors.  

The major construction activity is the removal of existing asphalt and placement of new asphalt binder and surface courses.  Patching, sidewalk and curb & gutter removal and replacement, structure work, and other associated resurfacing items are also included.  Thanks you for your understanding and patience during construction.  These infrastructure projects all contribute to improved transportation features and benefit the Village and its residents.

Oakton St from Busse Hwy to Waukegan Rd is one of several IDOT resurfacing projects scheduled in 2022 in the Village of Niles. Following the end of the strike involving construction materials, construction is tentatively set to resume the week of August 1st or August 8th.  Work will continue on curb & gutter and sidewalk removal.  Structure adjustments are also scheduled to begin in early August. Please keep in mind that project schedules are approximate and dependent on weather and other factors.  

The major construction activity is the removal of existing asphalt and placement of new asphalt binder and surface courses.  Patching, sidewalk and curb & gutter removal and replacement, structure work, and other associated resurfacing items are also included.  Thanks you for your understanding and patience during construction.  These infrastructure projects all contribute to improved transportation features and benefit the Village and its residents.

Waukegan Rd from Milwaukee Ave to Oakton St is one of several IDOT resurfacing projects scheduled in 2022 in the Village of Niles. Following the end of the strike involving construction materials, construction is tentatively set to begin late in the week of August 8th. Construction will start with curb & gutter and sidewalk work.  HMA work will most likely not begin until approximately the second half of September. Please keep in mind that project schedules are approximate and dependent on weather and other factors.  

The major construction activity is the removal of existing asphalt and placement of new asphalt binder and surface courses.  Patching, sidewalk and curb & gutter removal and replacement, structure work, and other associated resurfacing items are also included.  Thanks you for your understanding and patience during construction.  These infrastructure projects all contribute to improved transportation features and benefit the Village and its residents.

Oakton St from Waukegan Rd to Long Ave is one of several IDOT resurfacing projects scheduled in 2022 in the Village of Niles. Following the end of the strike involving construction materials, construction is tentatively set to begin the week of August 22nd. Temporary information signs will go up the week before to alert the traveling public.  Please keep in mind that project schedules are approximate and dependent on weather and other factors.  

The major construction activity is the removal of existing asphalt and placement of new asphalt binder and surface courses.  Patching, sidewalk and curb & gutter removal and replacement, structure work, and other associated resurfacing items are also included.  Thanks you for your understanding and patience during construction.  These infrastructure projects all contribute to improved transportation features and benefit the Village and its residents.

Lehigh Ave from Touhy Ave to Oakton St is one of several IDOT resurfacing projects scheduled in 2022 in the Village of Niles. Construction is planned to start in July and is scheduled to finish in the fall.  Please keep in mind that project schedules are approximate and dependent on weather and other factors.  

The major construction activity is the removal of existing asphalt and placement of new asphalt binder and surface courses.  Patching, drain structure work, traffic signal work, and other associated resurfacing items are also included.  Thanks you for your understanding and patience during construction.  These infrastructure projects all contribute to improved transportation features and benefit the Village and its residents.

Ballard Culvert Reconstruction.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is reconstructing the culvert at Ballard Road located between 8950 & 9000 Greenwood Avenue.  IDOT is planning to stage construction of the culvert with reduced lanes and widths on Ballard Road at this location.  Staged construction began May 4th, 2021 and completed April 29, 2022.  Following the culvert replacement, Ballard Road will be resurfaced from Rand Road to Greenwood Avenue. Drivers should reduce speed, allow extra time and use caution in this area and/or seek alternate routes. Ballard Road resurfacing is to be completed by end of September 2022.