Downtown Construction Projects

Downtown Construction Project Page

This website page will include updates on important construction projects  scheduled for the Downtown during the 2019 construction season. Updates will be posted here as well as through the Village's Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor platforms and "Village Connections," the Village's e-newsletter.

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Construction Project Map of Downtown

Update: May 15

Progress on Nicor Work on Evergreen & Campbell 

Despite recent rain, progress continues with the Nicor’s gas main replacement work in the Downtown. 

Last week, the contractor for Nicor completed the installation of a 4-inch gas main on Evergreen, from Sigwalt to Campbell and in a small area on the northwest corner of Wing and Vail. This week, work continues with hand-digging for utility locations on Campbell, from Evergreen to Highland.

Weather permitting, boring of the gas main on Campbell, from Evergreen to Highland, should be completed by Saturday, May 18. Starting Monday, May 20, Nicor crews will start making needed connections on the new system in the area and temporary restoration work will begin in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend.

Pending availability, Nicor crews will start to excavate needed access pits for gas main boring on one of the two remaining locations needing gas main installation on Eastman before returning to the Downtown area south of Northwest Hwy after the Memorial Day holiday.

Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

Project Questions & Contacts:

The most expeditious manner to get questions answered or issues resolved is to use the Arlington@Work citizen request form that will send your questions directly to the staff member who can assist you. You will also receive status updates on your issue. Just fill out your address on the online form and then select “2019 Downtown Construction Questions.” 

You can also call or email Pat Smith, Contractor Liaison, at Public Works, 847.368.5838, or Bill Oakley, Street Crew Chief, at 847.368.5835,

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Past Downtown Construction Update

Update: April 18
NICOR Work Starts April 18 on Vail Avenue

NICOR’s gas main replacement work will begin Thursday, April 18 on Vail Avenue, from Sigwalt Street north to Wing/Davis Street, in the Downtown. Crews will work primarily on the west side of Vail to Wing, but bore holes for the utility will occur on either side of the street depending on where service connections are necessary.

Directional boring work will take place under the sidewalk/parkway. If necessary, there may be sidewalk locations where pedestrians will be directed to walk on the opposite side of the street to avoid the construction work.

During this gas main work, certain areas will be excavated to 30 - 36 inches in depth on either side of Vail. These areas will be coned-off for safety during the workday, and at the end of the day crews will cover these areas to make them passable for pedestrians and ADA accessible. On-site crews have also been advised to help anyone who may need assistance in traversing the construction areas.

Please also expect to see contractor equipment placed in the right-of-way areas and in some parking spaces within this work zone. 

It’s difficult to estimate the timeline for this work due to weather conditions and what may be located underground once crews make their assessments. We will do our best to update you on the timeline of the work outlined above.

Overview of Downtown Sewer Project

The Village's key Downtown construction project is the installation of larger combined sewer mains in the southern portion of the Downtown (south of Northwest Highway). This project is one of the top recommended stormwater control projects for the Village that will be funded through the stormwater utility fee and grant funding. A significant portion of the  estimated of $2,085,000 million cost of the project will be covered by a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District grant the Village has received.  

The Downtown sewer project is a key infrastructure improvement identified by flood studies performed between 2013-2016. Projects identified by the studies were prioritized based on funding availability and how many residents would benefit from the project. All of the recommended improvements outlined from the studies are part of the Village’s Capital Improvement Program. 

The Downtown sewer project area is roughly bounded on the west by Ridge Avenue, on the north by Wing Street, on the east by Arlington Heights Road, and on the south by Sigwalt Street. This project in the Downtown will involve installation of larger diameter pipes to convey storm water. Please review the proposed route of the Downtown Sewer Project This project is expected to take 12 weeks to complete, weather depending.

When completed, the larger sewer mains should help mitigate against basement backups for up to 250 homes in this area and reduce frequent street flooding on Campbell. 

Other Downtown Improvement Projects for 2019

NICOR Gas Main Replacement

Nicor is also proposing to install new gas mains in the public rights of way that will connect to the front of buildings throughout Downtown. This work is tentatively scheduled to occur between April and November. The Village is discussing options with NICOR regarding their installation plans, construction staging and schedules for this work.  Map of NICOR's Main Replacement proposed project. Although the majority of the work will be done through trenchless technology, open bore pits are needed at the ends of each run. These pits will either be filled or have a plate covering the pit at the end of each day for pedestrian use.

Northwest Highway Resurfacing & ADA Improvements
IDOT plans to resurface Northwest Highway from Dunton Avenue to the eastern Village limits. This project includes upgrading sidewalks at Northwest Highway intersections in the Downtown to be ADA compliant. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin May 1. At this time, the completion date is tentative.  Please review a map of Northwest Highway Resurfacing & Sidewalk Improvements.

Mid-block Crosswalks
The Village will create two mid-block crosswalks at Dunton and Evergreen in the Downtown area south of Northwest Highway. Work on these crosswalks will be coordinated with the installation of the Downtown combined sewer main. Please see the map for the Dunton Crosswalk and the Evergreen Crosswalk.

Brick-Paver Replacement on Sidewalk Areas
In addition to the sewer project, the Village also plans to schedule work of replacing sections of the brick-paver sidewalks in the Downtown area north of Northwest Highway. This work, estimated to cost $807,000, is tentatively planned for the fall of this year. Please see the proposed areas of brick-paver replacement.

Updates and timelines of all of the projects listed above can be found on this website page, on the Village's Facebook, Twitter and through Downtown Construction emails that will be sent regularly to all who are interested the progress of the projects and their impacts on Downtown travel. Please sign-up for the Downtown Construction Updates now.