Upgrades for alleys and public parking in downtown Plainfield
By Madhu mayer Correspondent October 15, 2013 9:36PM
Updated: November 17, 2013 6:26AM
Work will soon start on improving municipal parking lots and some alleys in downtown Plainfield.
The village board on Monday night authorized a contract with Elwood-based Austin Tyler Construction, the lowest of seven bidders, to complete the improvement project. The company bid $727,073 — well below the village engineer’s estimate of $850,000.
Randy Jessen, Plainfield’s superintendent of public improvements, said the scope of the project includes resurfacing and improved drainage for some alleys within the special taxing district downtown; expansion of the Des Plaines Avenue parking lot, including better lighting; and reconfiguring the Illinois Street and Plainfield Public Library District lots, which will get drainage and lighting improvements and restored landscaping.
Public works director Allen Persons said the goal is to resurface the alleys and lots by December. Once the overall project is completed, more than 50 new spaces will be created in the village lots, increasing their total number of spaces to 186, Persons said.
“It’s a real nice improvement to our downtown,’’ he said.
Village trustees approved an agreement this summer with the library district that would use money generated by the special taxing district to pay for the parking lot improvements near Illinois and Division streets. Village administrator Brian Murphy said that fund has a balance of $1.1 million.