Cleveland Corridor Sewer Improvement Project

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Cleveland Corridor project involves installation of new storm sewer with a 72” main line along Cleveland Street and Monroe Street, branching out to the adjacent side streets of Keeney Street, Monroe Street, Oconto Avenue, Octavia Avenue, Odell Avenue and Oketo Avenue. The project consists of the installation of a relief sewer to capture stormwater runoff and convey it to a new outfall to the North Branch Chicago River. Construction of the project is partially funded with Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) funding. The State Revolving Fund 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. Upon completion in 2017, the project will reduce surface water flooding in this neighborhood where more than 140 homes have suffered flood damages due to overland flows.

Approximately 11,200 feet of new storm sewer is planned to be installed. The main line storm sewer will outlet at the North Branch of the Chicago River to the east of Caldwell Avenue. Construction is scheduled to last over one year until December, 2017. The estimated project cost is approximately $9 million. The project has received $2 million in assistance from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and in addition to utilizing low interest IEPA loans to reduce the project costs.

This project reduces surface water flooding that has led to repeated overland flooding in this area. This project will not solve all flooding problems, but will greatly improve the drainage condition in the area. The new relief sewer provides capacity to convey surface water away from the impacted area to minimize surface water flood damages. The volume of water entering into the combined sewer system will also be reduced, in turn reducing peak flows through these sewers and the risk of basement backups for residences in the project area. This project provides protection to approximately 140 homes. Benefits from the project were modeled using the detailed overland flooding mapping component of the XPSWMM 2D model.


PROJECT CONTACTS

Tim O’Brien ​
​Civil Engineer II
​Niles Public Services Department ​​
​6849 W. Touhy Avenue
​​​Niles, Illinois 60714 ​
​(847) 588-7923
tco@vniles.com
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​​Tom Powers ​ ​
​Village Engineer ​
​Niles Public Services Department ​ ​
​6849 W. Touhy Avenue ​ ​
​Niles, Illinois 60714 ​
​(​847) 588-7900
tjp@vniles.com​​​ ​

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PROJECT UPDATES

Phase 1 Update September 23, 2016: The contactor has been waiting to begin final landscaping within the Cook County Forest Preserve. ​​
​In order to complete work in this Phase, the contractor will pave the surface course of asphalt, install final landscaping and erosion control measures. The contractor is planning to have all work within this Phase complete by early fall.​​

​​Phase 2 Update September 23, 2016:​ The contractor has been installing storm sewer on Monroe west of Octavia to Oketo and installing storm sewer on Oconto, Octavia and Oketo. Their subcontractors have placed curbs, sidewalks and driveways and paved asphalt binder on Cleveland from Waukegan to Harlem. They also have installed seeding for landscape on Cleveland from Caldwell to Waukegan.

Upcoming work for the week of September 26, 2016 includes installing storm sewer on Oketo north of Kedzie, installing storm sewer on Odell north of Monroe and water main work on Oketo. Keeney and Monroe between Waukegan and Harlem will see asphalt binder installed on Monday September 26th.

​ The Harlem and Cleveland Intersection will also begin reconstruction next week. For the work on the Harlem and Cleveland/Monroe intersection, lanes in both northbound and southbound directions on Harlem will be reduced. Drivers should reduce speed, use caution in this area and/or seek alternate routes. Access to Monroe/Cleveland Street from Harlem may be blocked for several days as the work progresses. Access to Cleveland from Waukegan will remain open.

​Nicor has begun prepping for additional work on Osceola and Oketo from Keeney to Main St.

​ In order to complete work within Stage 1 & Stage 2, the contractor will need to restore the pavement’s HMA surface. Stages 4-6 between Waukegan and Harlem will have landscape restoration in the near future. The contractor will continue to work west of Harlem in Stages 7 to 10. The contractor is planning to have all work within this Phase complete by early spring 2017. ​

​​Phase 1 Update September 09, 2016:
The contactor has been waiting to begin final landscaping within the Cook County Forest Preserve. In order to complete work in this Phase, the contractor will pave the surface course of asphalt, install final landscaping and erosion control measures. The contractor is planning to have all work within this Phase complete by early fall.​​​

Phase 2 Update September 09, 2016:​ The contractor has been installing storm sewer on Monroe west of Oconto towards Octavia and installing water main at Oconto and within the Harlem and Cleveland/Monroe intersection. Upcoming work for the week of September 12, 2016 includes installing storm sewer on Monroe west of Oconto towards Octavia and Odell; installing storm sewer on Oconto north of Monroe; and restoring curb & gutter and driveways on Cleveland, Keeney and Monroe east of Harlem. ​​Nicor has continued restoring lawns affected by their operations on Cleveland, Odell and Oconto. Nicor has begun prepping for additional work on Osceola, Oketo and Octavia from Keeney to Main St. ​​In order to complete work within Stage 1 & Stage 2, the contractor will need to restore the pavement’s HMA surface and landscaping. Stages 4-6 between Waukegan and Harlem will have pavement patching scheduled for the near future. The contractor will continue to work west of Harlem in Stages 7 to 10. The contractor is planning to have all work within this Phase complete by late spring 2017.