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Government

Streetscape improvements set to begin in downtown Wheaton

Upgrades include relocated Martin Memorial Plaza

Downtown Wheaton will see a facelift this year, including wider sidewalks, new lighting and a relocated Martin Memorial Plaza.
Downtown Wheaton will see a facelift this year, including wider sidewalks, new lighting and a relocated Martin Memorial Plaza.

WHEATON – Downtown Wheaton will see a facelift this year, including wider sidewalks, new lighting and a relocated Martin Memorial Plaza.

At their March 5 meeting, City Council members voted unanimously to approve a $4.5 million contract with Landmark Contractors Inc. for Downtown Streetscape Phase 1, which will include work along Front Street from West to Cross streets. The work is set to begin in late March or early April, depending on weather conditions.

Landmark's bid is about $850,000 less than the city had estimated the project would cost. In December 2017, it was estimated the work could cost $5.4 million.

"I guess I was most impressed by the fact that three of the bidders were within $150,000 of one another, which to me suggests the bid specifications and the drawings were very, very tight," Wheaton City Manager Michael Dzugan said.

The four bids ranged from $4.5 million to $6.9 million. Landmark submitted the lowest bid.

The Downtown Streetscape Project includes replacement of sidewalk, curb and gutter, pavement resurfacing, pavement reconstruction between Main and Hale streets, replacement of street lighting, trees and other amenities. The Martin Memorial Plaza can't be improved at its current location at the southwest corner of Front and Main streets because of restrictions put in place by Union Pacific and the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Underground utility work along Front Street took place in fall 2017.

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