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Village of Downers Grove plans water main, storm sewer work

DOWNERS GROVE – The village is considering several construction projects to replace old water mains and storm sewers this summer.

The village council heard the items' first readings at its June 3 meeting, and was expected to approve the items during Tuesday night's meeting.

The first project would install about 1,900 feet of 8-inch water main and 1,300 feet of 12-inch water main, replace about 51 residential water services, along with sidewalks, parkways and driveways, as necessary, according to village documents.

The $1.26 million project would take place on Bonnie Brae Avenue from Oxford Street to Lyman Avenue; on Lyman Avenue from Oxford Street to 65th Street; and on Fairview Avenue from 55th Street to 57th Street.

Congdon Sewer Service, Inc. of Carol Stream provided the low bid, according to Downers Grove Director of Public Works Nan Newlon.

"This was definitely something that's very much needed," Downers Grove Village Commissioner Sean Durkin said at the June 3 meeting. "I believe we've had 17 main breaks in a 12-month period."

The village is also looking to do about $650,439 in stormwater infrastructure work on 40th Street west of Washington Street and on Washington Street north of 40th Street. Congdon Sewer Service also provided the low bid for this work, which would build a new sewer system to provide increased storm water capacity, Newlon said June 3.

It will "significantly lower water elevations … on heavy rainfall events," she said.

The village would also hire Strand Associates for $54,450 to provide engineering work for the stormwater project. Strand provided the low bid out of three.

At the June 3 meeting, the village council also approved the new, larger, $462,780 salt dome discussed at the last meeting in May. The village also rescinded its approval of the new village zoning ordinance passed in May, in order to increase the allowable building height in manufacturing districts from 35 feet to 37.5 feet so that the new dome would not violate code.

All votes on the dome and modified zoning code passed unanimously.

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