The purpose of this correspondence is to inform you of the upcoming water main replacement project on Waukegan Road. This notice also serves as an invitation to the public meeting that will be held on Wednesday March 22, 2023 at 6:30 PM at Deerfield’s Village Hall, located at 850 Waukegan Rd. A public meeting for local businesses will also be held at 2pm. Many topics that can’t be covered in this letter will be discussed at the meeting. We will also be introducing our consulting engineer that will remain onsite throughout the project.
The primary scope of this project is the full replacement of the existing water main(s) and water services along Waukegan Road between Deerfield Road and North Avenue. This work will result in the closure of the inside lanes along Waukegan Road while the work is taking place. Therefore, traffic will be diverted into the outside lines while traversing through the construction sections as shown here.
In an effort to minimize traffic disruptions to the downtown area as well as to Deerfield High School on the north end of the project, the work will be divided into two sections. The south section will incorporate all work along Waukegan Road between Deerfield Road and Greenwood Avenue and is anticipated to take place from early April to late June. The majority the work in the downtown area, between Deerfield Road and Orchard Street, will take place at night in an effort to minimize disruption for businesses and to minimize daytime traffic congestion at the Deerfield Road intersection. The north section, from Greenwood Avenue to North Avenue will begin in early June and is anticipated to be completed by early September. This schedule allows for the bulk of the work to take place during the high school summer recess. With the exception of the specified night work (which is expected to take approximately 20 working days) in the downtown area, all other planned work is anticipated for regular daytime hours.
Project Schedule: The project will be divided into three stages: Stage I - underground utility work; Stage II - concrete curb installation and roadway rehabilitation; and Stage III - parkway restoration.
Stage I: Underground utility work
Stage I will include the installation of traffic control, water main and water service installation, and miscellaneous sewer repairs as needed. The majority of construction will be performed within the roadway area with the exception of the replacement of water services and possible sewer work within the parkway area. If private properties have existing appurtenances within the parkway or Village Right of Way (e.g. special decorative mailbox, sprinkler system, electronic “invisible” dog fence, landscape features, special decorative rocks, special vegetative plantings, etc.), they should be removed or stored to avoid damage by construction activity. The Village WILL NOT repair or replace private appurtenances left within the Village right-of-way that are damaged during construction.
Stage II: Concrete curb replacement, sidewalk repair, roadway patching
Once the underground utility work has been completed, the contractor will begin to repair the excavations by patching the road, curbs, driveways and sidewalk. During this work, residents whose concrete curbs, driveways, and/or sidewalks are repaired in front of their driveway may lose access to their driveways for a short period of time while these items are being installed. Residents will be notified prior to this disruption and be asked to park their vehicles on adjacent side streets or in neighboring driveways during the construction.
Stage III: Parkway restoration
All parkway areas disturbed by construction activity will be restored. The majority of construction is expected to take place in the summer months when sod is not able to be installed due to the excessive heat. Therefore, it may be possible that some areas won’t be restored until September when temperatures allow. Further, due to the complex nature of the project and the unpredictability of the weather, some delays and disruptions may occur that are outside of the contractor’s control.
Additional construction notices will be provided as the project progresses. If you are planning a special event, such as a wedding or large party, or have special needs, please contact the Village and they will do their best to accommodate you.
The Village appreciates your effort in helping to complete this improvement. If you have any questions, please contact the Village of Deerfield Engineering Department at 847-317-2490 and request to speak with someone regarding the Waukegan Road Water Main Project.