The village of Downers Grove recently celebrated the completion of water main, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and road work improvements on Washington Street near the downtown area.
On Friday, Aug. 23, members of the village council, Downtown Management bard and staff—together with area business owners and representatives of John Neri Construction Company—cut the ribbon on the newly resurfaced street.
The $940,000.00 project involved extensive infrastructure improvements on Washington Street between Burlington Avenue and Maple Avenue including:
- Water main replacement
- Storm sewer replacement
- Reconstruction of sanitary sewer manholes
- Reconstruction of failed curb and gutter sections
- Road resurfacing and striping
- Sidewalk replacement
- Accessible curb extensions and crosswalk improvements.
"This coordinated investment in infrastructure provides cost effective delivery of water and sanitary services and improved drainage. It has also resulted in safer and more aesthetically appealing streets and sidewalks," village officials said.
Timely and consistent communication with those impacted by the construction played a critical role in minimizing the frustration that can often develop during projects, officials said.
"The businesses really appreciated the notifications and cooperation and are very happy with the new street in addition to the new parking spaces," Linda Kunze, president of the Downers Grove Downtown Management Corporation.
Road closures were kept to a minimum to reduce the impact on businesses along Washington, which serves as a feeder street to the downtown area.
"Support for the businesses and communication about the project was excellent," said Sandy Agee, co-owner of Washington Street Barber Shop. "The signage provided helped everyone succeed and stay open."
For more information on the project, visit www.downers.us.