Area 3

Construction of Area 3 Storm Sewer Separation and Watermain Improvements to the Morton, Blaine, S Jefferson, S Jackson, Garfield & S Harrison in Batavia were financed by the Water Pollution Control Loan Program (WPCLP) State Revolving Fund (SRF) in 2019 and both the WPLCP and Public Water Supply Loan Program (PWSLP) SRF in 2020. The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This project includes separating the combined sanitary and storm sewer into two different discharge systems, including a new separate storm sewer system, and replacement of aged watermain.  Once  complete,  it will improve water quality for area residents and businesses in Batavia and the Fox River Watershed by helping reduce the amount of storm water being routed to and treated at the waste water treatment plant and eliminating potential for overflows, in both in residences and businesses and at the WWTP.  SRF programs operate in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our most valuable resources: water.  The 2019 low interest loan has a rate of 1.84% and will be repaid over 20 years.  The 2020 low interest loan has a rate of 2.0% and will be repaid over 20 years.  

Phase 3 Bid Opening (Tuesday, April 7, 2020)

We received 5 bids.  Our as read bid results are below:
As Read Bid Results
At this time the City is verifying all information and working with the IEPA to secure our loans.  This project was presented at the 5/26 Committee of the Whole meeting and approved at the 6/1 City Council Meeting.  

Phase 3

Current Status (July 8, 2020)

Tomorrow morning the crew will move from Harrison and Garfield and start installing watermain on Morton headed west from Jackson. They will continue until Friday. Then we will reevaluate the progress and determine how to proceed, but most likely Performance will take a 2-3 day hiatus to let Nicor work where they are.

The reason for the uncertainty is due to the fact that Nicor will be starting work at Harrison and Morton on M, 7/13. They will be directionally boring across the west and south sides of that intersection with new 4” gas main to provide clearances needed for the roadway cross section and avoid conflicts from other utilities. They will be in the area until the end of July.

In the meantime if your driveway is on Morton between Jackson and Harrison and you need easy access to your vehicle you may want to park it on the side streets north of Morton tomorrow and Friday before 7am. You will receive a door hanger if your home will be impacted by the installation.

Status (June 25, 2020)

Construction is underway on the last phase of the Area 3 .  Earlier this week material got delivered and staged throughout the project.  The new watermain is wrapped in blue bags and laying in the parkway where it will be installed.  The large concrete structures that were recently delivered are the water valve vaults.  

Road Construction Ahead signs were located just outside the project limits and a detour has been put in place to keep all thru traffic off Morton, Jackson and Garfield within the project limits.  The detour is on Walnut, which is also the detour that Main Street is utilizing, from McKinley on the west and Jefferson on the east.  This detour will be in place the entire project length. 

Watermain will continue to be installed this week and next.  Watermain will start going down Jackson starting tomorrow and will be installed on the east parkway (between the back of curb and sidewalk).  After Jackson is completed Garfield watermain will be installed next.  

If you live on Jackson between Morton & Garfield and need to get in and out of your driveway it is advised that you move your vehicle by 7am and park your vehicle further down on Jackson, Garfield or west of Jackson on Morton.  

Status (June 18, 2020)

Geneva Construction will start pulverizing the streets within the project limits tomorrow, 6/19.  Those streets include: Morton (from Jefferson to the 800 block), Jackson (between Morton & Garfield), Garfield (between Jackson & Harrison) and Harrison (from S Garfield about 200’).  Installation of new watermain will start on 6/23 from Morton & Jefferson and proceed west. 

We still have no start date from Nicor yet, but Nicor will be relocating gas main in the intersection of Morton & Harrison by the end of July and prior to the new storm sewer and watermain work in the vicinity.    

Status (May 28, 2020)

Yesterday we the held the pre-construction meeting.  The project is still anticipated to start the week of June 1st with mobilization possibly starting Wednesday, June 3rd.  The City is waiting authorization from the IEPA to begin.  In addition to Performance Construction being in the area, Nicor will be relocating gas main in the intersection of Morton & Harrison in June prior to the new storm sewer and watermain work.    

Status (May 14, 2020)

The project is anticipated to start the week of June 1st with mobilization possibly starting the week prior.  More details will come after the pre-construction meeting scheduled May 27, 2020.  

Phase 2

Current Status (May 28, 2020)

V3 and City Staff are working with Performance to get the project completely closed out, everything cleaned up and fully restored.  The matting that was put down for seed last fall or this spring will need to be removed by each homeowner and disposed of properly once the grass has been established.

Status (May 14, 2020)

Due to the rain today Geneva Construction did not pave as we had planned.  Now we are scheduled to pave on Monday, May 18th. Afterward completion V3 and City Staff will work with Performance to get the project completely closed out, with port-a-potty, materials, and machines removed from the site, and everything cleaned up and fully restored.

Status (May 7, 2020)

Geneva Construction was on S Jackson putting in the patches yesterday and today they will be placing the binder (1st lift of asphalt) course down on Jefferson and the intersections of Walnut at Jackson and Jefferson. The surface is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th. Between today and next Wednesday Performance construction will be back out on Friday to adjust all the roadway structures to final grade and landscaping both Friday and Monday.

Status (April 28, 2020)

The open house scheduled for today has been cancelled. Notices will be sent to residents at the end of May / beginning of June.

Status (April 23, 2020)

By the end of this week the curb, sidewalk & concrete aprons will be poured.  Next week Geneva Construction will start paving the streets and the landscaper will start restoring the parkway. All improvements will be weather pending.

Status (April 15, 2020)

The contractor is completing preparation of the road subgrade today.  Due to the snow in the forecast the remainder of this week curb will not be poured until Monday, April 20.  In the meantime the curb will be framed.  Once the curb is poured sidewalks and concrete driveways will be poured, requiring residents to stay off of them for a couple days.  

The following weeks the landscaper will be restoring the parkway and Geneva Construction will be paving the streets. All improvements will be weather pending.

Status (April 9, 2020)

The contractor has almost completed all of the underground work with just a few water connections left for tomorrow and next week Tuesday.  Over the next week the remaining water services will be made, pavement removal will begin on S Jefferson, removal preparation will begin for curb, sidewalk, and driveway.  In addition the road base will be prepped and curb, sidewalk and concrete driveways will be poured.  

The following weeks the landscaper will be restoring the parkway and Geneva Construction will be paving the streets. All improvements will be weather pending.


Status (April 2, 2020)

All the underground work on Jefferson and at the intersection with Walnut is complete. The new watermain on Jackson is installed and temporary shut down for connections to the existing main as well as services to individual house connections will take place the week of 4/6.  The remainder of this week storm sewer will be installed on Jackson and Walnut.  Roadwork, concrete and restoration will follow.

Status (March 27, 2020)

Almost all of the work on Jefferson and at the intersection with Walnut is complete. The new watermain will be flushed on Monday, 3/30 and possibly a little on Tuesday, 3/31.  After the mandatory watermain tests have passed, the watermain on Jefferson and Walnut will be temporarily shut down to tie in services (individual house connections) to the new line. Next week work will begin on Jackson.  In preparation for the Jackson work the water will need to be shut off for a period today.

Status (March 19, 2020)

Sanitary sewer has been completed at S Jefferson and Walnut. Storm sewer and watermain work is ongoing on S Jefferson.  Once completed work will move over to S Jackson.   

Status (March 16, 2020)

Last week Performance Construction was back out prepping S Jefferson, S Jackson and Walnut between those intersections for the remainder of Phase 2 Construction.  Sanitary sewer work started on S Jefferson and Walnut.  This week sanitary sewer work is finishing up at S Jefferson and Walnut and storm sewer and watermain work is beginning on S Jefferson.   Work is tentatively anticipated to be completed by the end of April for Phase 2.  

Phase 3 engineering plans are out to bid and the bid opening will be April 7, 2020.  The work for this phase will take place on Morton between Jefferson and the 800 block, S Jackson between Morton and Garfield and Garfield between S Jackson & Harrison.  Construction is anticipated to start in June.  

Status (December 5, 2019)

Yesterday we had our last weekly meeting of the year for 2019 for Area 3.  After this week or next the site will be quiet….that is until the spring.  Yesterday crews were out cleaning out the sewers from any debris that might have gotten in when the structures were adjusted during the paving process.  In addition the landscapers were out restoring the north side of the street with seed, topsoil and blanket.  In the spring if there are any patches of grass that do not come in the landscaper will come back and add additional seed.  Today a concrete truck is there pouring “benches” in the storm structures.  

Performance anticipates returning in the spring to complete the two remaining blocks that were not able to be constructed due to time and weather constraints.  Those two blocks are Jefferson and Jackson between Blaine and Walnut.  City Staff and Performance will be monitoring the weather come February to determine an appropriate time to start construction.  At this time we are hoping to get work started again in early March 2020.  

Status (November 21, 2019)

As of yesterday all streets were paved and patched and everyone has full access to their driveways!!!  

A majority of the curb should be backfilled at this time.  Areas adjacent to the sidewalks will be backfilled and blended (graded) as time allows in the week or two after Thanksgiving.  All construction equipment and signs will be picked up by Performance in approximately the next week.

Status (November 14, 2019)

As of today we still have a few remaining sidewalk squares and the ADA ramps to install…GOOD NEWS: they are being poured today starting at 9am!

Geneva Construction plans to be out and preparing the subgrade (stone base) to the final grade this Friday, 11/15 and as of right now we are planning to pave on Monday, 11/18!  In addition the patches on the street and end of driveway will be completed.

After we put down the first lift of 6” of asphalt we still have a bit of work to do before placing the last lift, but you should be able to get into your driveways that evening.  All the storm, water and sanitary structures that are located in the pavement need to have the rims placed on and adjusted to the final road elevation and set in concrete.  Once that step is completed we can place that last lift of asphalt on.  We are anticipating that this can be completed by the end of next week.  

A majority of the curb should be backfilled at this time.  Areas adjacent to the sidewalks will be backfilled and blended (graded) as time allows. 

Status (November 8, 2019)

•    CURB – Curb was poured yesterday and today.  The radius returns at the corners are being staked today and Friday and will be poured Friday.  You will need to be out of your driveway for 7-14 days to allow the curb to set and cure.  We most likely will not have the road paved until late next week so you will not have access until that time.  After Friday afternoon you may start parking adjacent to your home overnight, as long as your vehicles are relocated by 6:45am.  

•    SIDEWALK – ADA ramps and sidewalks through driveways will be framed and poured on Friday.  They will need a few days to cure and will be blanketed due to the cold temperatures.  The remainder of the sidewalk on the blocks will be framed and done as early as Monday, November 11. 

•    STREET – As of today, we anticipate putting the first lift of blacktop down Thursday, November 14th, weather / temperature pending.  Our goal is to get the street completely paved prior to winter really setting in.  There are 4 patches west of Harrison on Blaine and those will be done sometime in the next two weeks.  

•    PARKWAY – Performance will be regrading the parkway with a Gradeall machine tomorrow, Thursday, November 7th to make the parkway meet the new curb.  The parkway will be left as is over the winter and blanket and seed will be placed first thing in the spring.  At this point the grass will not grow, so we will wait for better growing conditions.  

•    LEAVES – Again due to the condition of the street our leaf trucks cannot make it down the stoned streets.  If you could avoid placing the leaves along your curb line until we have the curb poured and backfilled and it has set for 2-3 days the City would appreciate it and it helps reducing the preparation time.  The City will make sure to have an end of season leaf pickup for your streets (S Jefferson & Blaine Street).  This is weather and construction dependent as well.  

Status (October 30, 2019)

First of all I wanted to say thank you all so much for your patience and cooperation working with and around our contractor.  Unfortunately Mother Nature has not cooperated with us the last few weeks with all the rain and now the snow.  

•    SNOW – Can you believe we have our first snowfall?!?  Unfortunately due to the condition of the streets (S Jefferson between Morton & Blaine & Blaine between S Jefferson & Harrison) with the stone and structures still slightly raised and not flush our City plows are unable to plow these streets. Performance will be out there tomorrow to clear the street if we get the snow as predicted overnight.  

•    CURB - We were hoping to layout the curb today, but due to the weather that has been pushed until Monday morning, 11/4 with pouring the curb on Tuesday, weather pending.   You will need to be out of your driveway on Monday for the prep and then Tuesday by 7am for 7-14 days to allow the curb to set and cure.  As my previous letter states you will need to use your door hanger as a placard for overnight parking.  Our resident engineer, Jake, will provide every home with at least one, if not two door hangers, on Friday, 11/1. If you need more please contact him at (708) 280-9419 and he will get them to you ASAP.  

•    SIDEWALK – Performance is cleaning/ has cleaned up the corner ramps. The remainder of the sidewalk on the blocks has already been replaced with temp stone. We hope to have concrete work started next week, weather pending.   

•    STREET – We are hoping we can get some blacktop down on the road, but it all depends on how much precipitation we have and temperature as to the timing.  I will keep you updated.  

•    PARKWAY – Performance is out today removing all the items from the parkway (old material, extra material, etc). and will restore area after curb has been placed, of course, weather pending.  

•    LEAVES – Again due to the condition of the street our leaf trucks cannot make it down the stoned streets.  If you could avoid placing the leaves along your curb line until we have the curb poured and it has set for 2-3 days the City would appreciate it and it helps reducing the preparation time.  The City will make sure to have an end of season leaf pickup for your streets (S Jefferson & Blaine Street).  This is weather and construction dependent as well.  

Sorry this is still very vague, but with this winter like weather we are in a slight holding pattern.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at apodraza@cityofbatavia.net or (630)454-2757 if you have any questions regarding the information I shared or other questions.  Again THANK YOU for your understanding and patience.  

Status (October 24, 2019)

This past week all sump pump storm sewer connections (structures in the public sidewalk) and new water services were completed. Starting today Performance started to remove the street for reconstruction and in preparation for new curb and road.  Next week (10/28) anticipate Geneva Construction to mobilize to start pavement, curb and sidewalk repair / replacement.  All curbs will be removed throughout the construction area.  A letter was delivered the afternoon of 10/23 explaining this process and times of limited driveway access.  All pipes and stone that have been left onsite will start to be hauled off and cleaned up as we start to wind down for a winter shutdown.  The additional material will be stored off-site during the winter.  Please drive with caution through the construction zone.  Work is anticipated to be completed by early November 2019 for a winter shutdown and the remaining work will be completed in the spring of 2020.

Status (October 17, 2019)

This past week all sump pump storm sewer connections (structures in the public sidewalk) were completed and most new water services. Performance anticipates switching over residential service connections from the old 4” main line to the new line starting 10/18 and continuing the week of 10/21.  Notice from the Water Division will be distributed prior to connection.  Next week anticipate Geneva Construction mobilizing to start pavement, curb and sidewalk repair / replacement.  All curbs will be removed throughout the construction area.  A letter will be delivered explaining this process and limited driveway access.  All pipes and stone that have been left onsite will start to be hauled off and cleaned up as we start to wind down for a winter shutdown.  The additional material will be stored off-site during the winter.  Please drive with caution through the construction zone.  Work is anticipated to be completed by early November 2019 for a winter shutdown and the remaining work will be completed in the spring of 2020.

Status (October 10, 2019)

The watermain passed chlorination this week. Performance anticipates starting residential service connections to the main line the week of 10/14. Notice from the Water Division will be distributed prior to connection.  Next week Performance will complete installation of  storm sewer and sump pump connections on Blaine Street.   Pipes and stone will continue to be delivered onsite and left in the street or parkway for staging, but as we start to wind down for a winter shutdown the additional material will be stored off-site during the winter.  Construction will require local road closures throughout the duration of the project, but the contractor will always provide you access to your home. Please drive with caution through the construction zone.  Work is anticipated to be completed by early November 2019 for a winter shutdown and the remaining work will be completed in the spring of 2020.

Status (October 3, 2019)

Performance Construction completed the water installations for this year and started connecting storm sewer at intersection during the week of 9/30.  Next week Performance will continue installing storm sewer and sump pump connections on Blaine Street.  In addition water service installation could start as soon as 10/10.  Notice from the Water Division will be distributed prior to connection.  Pipes and stone will continue to be delivered onsite and left in the street or parkway for staging, but as we start to wind down for a winter shutdown the additional material will be stored off-site during the winter.  Construction will require local road closures throughout the duration of the project, but the contractor will always provide you access to your home. Please drive with caution through the construction zone.  Work is anticipated to be completed by late fall 2019 for a winter shutdown and the remaining work will be completed in the spring of 2020.

Status (September 12, 2019)

Performance Construction has been working on the Area 3 Storm Sewer Separation & Watermain Replacement project since the week of 7/29. The week of 9/16 Performance should start installing watermain on S Jefferson towards Blaine and then west down Blaine. Pipes and stone will continue to be delivered onsite and left in the street or parkway for staging.  Construction will require local road closures throughout the duration of the project, but the contractor will always provide you access to your home. The road closures will be moving closures corresponding with the construction.  Please drive with caution through the construction zone. Work is anticipated to be completed by late fall 2019 for a winter shutdown and then remaining work to be completed in the spring of 2020. 

Status (September 6, 2019)

Performance Construction has been working on the Area 3 Storm Sewer Separation & Watermain Replacement project since the week of 7/29. The week of 9/9 Performance will finish installing storm sewer on the far west end of Blaine and start installing watermain on S Jefferson towards Blaine and then west down Blaine. Pipes and stone will continued to be delivered onsite and left in the street for staging.  Construction will require local road closures throughout the duration of the project, but the contractor will always provide you access to your home. The road closures will be moving closures corresponding with the construction.  Please drive with caution through the construction zone.  

Status (August 29, 2019)

Performance Construction has been working on the Area 3 Storm Sewer Separation & Watermain Replacement project since the week of 7/29. The week of 8/26 Performance will continue installing storm sewer on Blaine with work also occurring at the intersection of Harrison & Blaine for sanitary improvements . Pipe will continued to be delivered onsite and left in the street for staging. Storm sewer will has been installed on Jefferson between Morton and Blaine and now installation is occurring on Blaine Street heading west past Harrison. Construction will require local road closures throughout the duration of the project. The road closures will be moving closures corresponding with the construction.  Please drive with caution through the construction zone.  Work is anticipated to be completed by late fall 2019 for a winter shutdown and then remaining work to be completed in the spring of 2020.

Status (August 9, 2019)

Performance Construction started work on Wednesday, August 7th.  Storm sewer is being installed first on Jefferson between Morton and Blaine and then will continue on Blaine Street until west of Harrison.  Staging of equipment and materials will take place on the streets affected by construction.  Construction will require local road closures throughout the duration of the project.  The map indicates which roads will see closures over the course of construction. The road closures will be moving closures corresponding with the construction.  At this time work is anticipated to be wrap up for a winter shut down by the end of October 2019 and then start back up in Spring 2020.

Status (July 26, 2019)

Performance Construction has been awarded the Area 3 Storm Sewer Separation & Watermain Replacement project. The contractor anticipates starting in Area 3 July 31st.  Construction will require local road closures throughout the duration of the project. The map indicates which roads will see closures over the course of construction. The road closures will be moving closures corresponding with the construction.  The project will start on Jefferson Street and move north and west. Work is anticipated to be completed by late fall 2019. 

 Map of Affected Streets

Status ( February 1, 2019)

City Staff is finalizing Plans and Specifications for Phase 2. It is anticipated this project will be let for bidding by the end of February and spring/summer construction. A Neighborhood meeting will be held for upcoming construction on Tuesday, March 12th at City Hall prior to the 7 pm Committee of the Whole meeting. Mahoney Creek Stabilization and Maintenance discussions will be from 5:30 to 6PM, Ward 1-Phase 2 Construction meeting will be held from 6 to 6:30 PM and Area 3 – Phase 2 Construction meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7 PM. Additional information will be forthcoming and postcards will be sent to those directly affected by the upcoming construction.

Project Purpose 

The purpose of this project is to start analyzing the combined sanitary and storm sewer system and start separating the storm sewer out. The area numbers are a reference to the Trotter Study that was completed in 2008 for separating the combines system. These improvements will aim to provide adequate pipe capacity per today’s design standards that will reduce and eliminate water back up while increasing the ability of the water to flow through the storm system. The City hired Rempe-Sharpe to complete a Phase I preliminary engineering study of the area and propose a list of improvements to alleviate the ponding and drainage concerns for Area 3.

Project Background

During the June 2015 rain event the area bound by Union Street to the north, the old railroad tracks to the west, Garfield to the south and Route 31 for area 3 experienced storm water back-up that resulted in water filling numerous streets, yards, and occasional houses. Since this area is combined with both storm and sanitary sewage the back-ups came up through floor drains and were deemed sanitary back-ups. The City would like to alleviate these back-ups and design a storm sewer system able to handle at least the 10-year event as a standalone system, which is current design practices for new development. As the storm sewer is separated from the combined system, the combined sewer will eventually become just a sanitary sewer.

Construction Impacts

Final engineering has been completed for Area 3 storm outfall and Phase 1. The Outfall was constructed in Fall 2017 and Phase 1 was constructed during the summer of 2018. The remaining Phases, 2 and 3, will be posted below after they have been let for construction. In addition, you can find the notices mailed to the impacted residents for each year’s construction.

Project Location

Please see the City’s Capital Improvement Map for limits Area 3 Drainage Study.

Project Funding 

This project is funded through the City Council’s budget allocated to alleviating drainage issues throughout the city. CIP Sheet (PDF)

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the project please email Andrea Podraza or call 630-454-2757.

  1. Andrea Podraza, P.E., CFM

    Assistant City Engineer

  2. Engineering

    Physical Address
    200 N Raddant Road
    Batavia, IL 60510

    Phone: 630-454-2750
    Fax: 630-454-2351