The weather outside has been frightful but that hasn’t stopped progress on the new plaza project. The construction team as installed the asphalt base for the brick paver pedestrian walkway and has been diligently working on brick paving on both the east and west sides of the project adjacent to the buildings. Also, lots of landscaping has been installed and seat walls (benches) have been finished with limestone caps. Keep an eye out for more action as November comes to a close and December begins.
Much progress has been made on the project over the last couple weeks and the site is coming to life. Brick pavers, landscaping, benches, kiosks and material delivery for the trellis are all happening and contributing to the site’s progress. Please keep in mind the area is not open to the public yet and it is an active construction site with all the dangers of a construction site.
Lots of progress has been happening on the site over the last two weeks and the project is coming together nicely. A peek through the construction fence will yield a glimpse of what is to come just down the road. Some more fun before and after pictures for everyone to enjoy this week:
On Tuesday, October 17, the portion of Riverside Avenue (IL Rt. 25) that was impacted by the Riverside Lift Station Project was re-opened.
Anticipated construction work for the weeks of October 16 - October 30
Please note: All work contingent on weather
Week of October 16
Monday, 10/16/23 - Curb and sidewalk poured adjacent to the pavement replacement
Tuesday, 10/17/23 - Concrete pours in the prepared roadways sections.
Wednesday, 10/28/23 - additional pour if needed
Three days required for concrete to set-up
Week of October 23
Monday, 10/23 - remove curb, sidewalk and pavement
Before and after! Things are taking shape on the site and exciting new features are beginning to pop up all over the site. Face brick for seat walls, planting media and some brick paver work are all highlights happening this week and next!
Starting Monday, October 9, the contractor will begin the road restoration portion of the project which is expected to last two to three weeks.
The road restoration will include daily road closures from 7:15 am to 3:00 pm. During the off hours, only westbound traffic will be allowed on Fellows Street between S. 4th and S. 3rd Streets.
In addition, only northbound traffic will be allowed on S. 4th Street from Gray to Fellows Street.
A detour route will include the use of McKinley St, S. 3rd Street and Gray Street.
A lot has been happening on the project over the last few weeks and things are starting to move quickly. Concrete base has been installed on a large section of the new plaza and crews are working at installing curbs and more concrete base every day.
The new retaining walls have been stained and are awaiting graffiti coating which is coming soon, and we also painted the existing fire hydrants! Keep a close eye on the plaza in the coming weeks as much of it will start to look like the final stages are getting close.
Beginning early next week, the City and the contractor will be conducting two water shutoffs to switch to the new water main.
Shortly after that is completed, the contractor will start final concrete and asphalt restorations.
The work on all streets for this project has been substantially completed. The Contractor will be continuing to perform final cleanup, landscaping, and other minor “punchlist” tasks in the upcoming weeks.