Shorewood sets spring road projects
By Clare Walters Correspondent February 15, 2013 8:00AM
Cars pass a Shorewood Police Department roadside radar near Sarah St. and Rt. 59 Monday, May 2, 2011, in Shorewood. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 19, 2013 6:16AM
With spring just more than a month away, Shorewood officials already are preparing for the construction season and its annual road resurfacing project.
The village board Tuesday approved a plan for improvements to nine village streets as part of the 2013 motor fuel tax street improvement program.
Trustee Dan Anderson said the board approval of the project was needed in order for the village to solicit bids for the work, which will be funded by $400,000 in motor fuel tax revenues. Historically, the village has matched that dollar amount.
“We’ll be putting our money toward it, too,” he said.
Nearly two miles worth of village streets are slated for resurfacing.
Country Drive from River Road to Raven Road.
Colony Court from Country Drive to its end.
Greenfield Road from Ridge Road to Country Drive.
Edgebrook Drive from Ridge Road to Highland Drive.
Madeira Drive from Ranchwood Drive to Windsor Drive.
Windsor Drive from Colonade Road to Raven Road.
Part of Valencia Drive.
Lynwood Court from Valencia Drive to its end.
Ranchwood Drive from River Road to Colonade Road.
The work also will include driveway, curb and gutter replacement and parkway restoration.
Coinciding with the resurfacing program, the village board approved an engineering services agreement with Christopher B. Burke Engineering as the village’s construction engineering review firm for the 2013 project. Design work will not exceed $25,000 and field service observation will not exceed $45,000.
The village board also approved a second engineering services agreement with Burke for the design and construction of an elevated water storage tank.
The 1.5-million gallon tank will be on the village’s Mound Road property near well No. 8, Anderson said.
Mayor Rick Chapman said the water tower is a necessary because of the village’s growing population, which stands at about 15,000.
“We currently have 2.5 million gallons above ground, but we will need to grow that,” he said, noting that the village must meet certain fresh water requirements based on its number of residents.
The cost of the engineering services is estimated at $94,000.
“We’re not just building tanks because they’re pretty,” Chapman said. “We’re building them because they’re absolutely needed.”