Main Street Reconstruction

Main Street Informational Brochure

02-18-2020 Open House Presentation

Current Status (July 10, 2020)

Past Week’s Progress

  • The contractor completed the installation of the utilities on the east half of the Rt. 31/Main intersection.

Upcoming Schedule

  • Today (Friday) there will be a lane shift on Rt. 31. Please pay attention to the new traffic pattern. This will allow the underground work to continue across the Main/Rt. 31 intersection and then proceed west down Main Street.
  • A pavement grinder will be onsite early next week to remove the asphalt from the roadway on the west side of Rt. 31.
  • Nicor will continue installing new gas services. They are currently working their way west. Nicor has been directionally boring the new gas services to minimize disruption to yards. They will; however, need to dig near your gas meter in order to make the connection. Nicor will contact you directly when its time to make the new connection to your home. Nicor will also work with you directly to repair any landscaping damage. Nicor plans on being completely done with all the service installations in about 6 weeks.

Status (July 2, 2020)

Past Week’s Progress

  • The contractor continued with the installation of the utilities on the east half of the Rt. 31/Main intersection. The objective is to install the utilities up to the edge of the current traffic pattern.

Upcoming Schedule

  • There is a water shutdown tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 6th. The shutdown will affect 1 block north and south of Main St. on Rt. 31. The City’s water department will provide advanced notification with a door hanger on Thursday 7-2 if you will be affected. If you are an open business the water department will stop-in and let you know in person or leave a door hanger.
  • The lane shift on Rt. 31 is tentatively scheduled for Friday, July 10th. Traffic will be shifted to the east side of Rt. 31 so that work can then begin on the west side of the Rt. 31/Main intersection. Please be alert and follow traffic signs.
  • Nicor will continue installing new gas services. They are currently working their way west and should be approaching Jackson by the end of the coming week. Nicor has been directionally boring the new gas services to minimize disruption to yards. They will; however, need to dig near your gas meter in order to make the connection. Nicor will contact you directly in order to make the new connection to your home. Nicor will also work with you directly to repair any landscaping damage.

Status (June 26, 2020)

Past Week’s Progress

  • The contractor installed the temporary pavement on the east side of Rt. 31 between Elm and Main. This was done in preparation for the upcoming lane shift.
  • The contractor installed the deep storm sewer up to the middle of the Rt. 31 intersection.

Upcoming Schedule

  • The contractor will continue with utility work on the east side of the Rt. 31/Main intersection with watermain and sanitary sewer installation.
  • There is a water shutoff tentatively scheduled for Tuesday 6-30 for 1 block north and south of Main St. on Rt. 31. The City’s water department will notify you next week if/when you will be affected.
  • Nicor will continue installing new gas services. They are currently between Rt. 31 and Lincoln, working west.
  • A lane shift on Rt. 31 is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 6th. Traffic will be shifted to the east side of Rt. 31 so that work can begin on the west side of Rt. 31. Please be alert and follow traffic signs.

Status (June 19, 2020)

Past Week’s Progress

  • Temporary asphalt patching was added to the Main St. trench crossings.
  • Utility work continued on Main St. between Water St. and Rt. 31.

Upcoming Schedule

  • We’ll be continuing with utility installation on Main St. between Water St. and Rt. 31.
  • A traffic pattern change on Rt. 31 will be coming within the next 2 weeks. This will involve installing temporary pavement on the east side of Rt. 31 from Elm to Main. This will make room for shifting the traffic to the east side of Rt. 31 so work can begin on the west side of Rt. 31. We’ll keep you informed as we get closer.
  • All of the Nicor gas main has been relocated. A Nicor service crew will be onsite starting next week to install new gas services from the house to the new main. They’ll be working east to west along Main Street. Nicor stated they will directionally drill the services to minimize disruption to yards. Nicor will contact you directly with specifics.

Status (June 12, 2020)

Past Week’s Progress

  • The contractor installed new sewers starting at the intersection of Water/Main and working his way west up the hill toward Rt. 31.

Upcoming Schedule

  • Continuing with sewer installation on Main between Water and Rt. 31.
  • Nicor will continue relocating their gas main throughout the project.
  • With some of the work occurring near the property line, just a reminder that the contractor will restore your property if disturbed during construction.
  • Also, please contact the Resident Engineer if you have a lawn sprinkler system and/or an invisible fence. Please keep your sprinkler system/fence marked for the duration of the work.


Status (June 5, 2020)

Past Week’s Progress

  • Work this past week was primarily at the far east end of the project between Water and Rt. 31.

Upcoming Schedule

  • Large sewer installation between Water and Rt. 31 will continue for the next few weeks.
  • We need to extend the closure at Main/Water until Monday at 4PM because this is a very “busy” location as far as underground utilities go. It’s taking longer than anticipated.
  • Nicor will continue relocating their gas main throughout the project.
  • With some of the work occurring near the property line,  just a reminder that the contractor will restore your property if disturbed during construction.
  • Also, please contact the Resident Engineer if you have a lawn sprinkler system and/or an invisible fence. Please keep your sprinkler system/fence marked for the duration of the work.

Status (May 29, 2020)

Past Week’s Progress

  • Watermain installation work continued west from Mallory to Van Nortwick and a connection was made to the existing watermain near Van Nortwick.

Upcoming Schedule

  • Work is hopping over to the east end of the project to Water St./Main St. where sanitary and storm sewer installation is scheduled to begin Monday 6/1.
  • Nicor will continue to relocate their gas main throughout the project working eastward. They are currently near Jackson.
  • With some of the work occurring near the property line, just a reminder that the contractor will restore your property if disturbed during construction. Also, please contact the Resident Engineer if you have a lawn sprinkler system and/or an invisible fence. Please keep your sprinkler system/fence marked for the duration of the work. 

Status (May 21, 2020)

It’s been another busy week at the Main Street project. The contractor has been working primarily on new watermain near the Harrison Street intersection. He will continue installing watermain working his way west along the south side of Main St. from Harrison to Van Nortwick.

We entered a new traffic pattern on Rt. 31 on Thursday, May 21st. The traffic was reduced to 2 lanes (1 lane in each direction) and was shifted to the west side of the Rt. 31. Please be alert and follow all construction traffic signs.

The nearby Area 3 project has been paved. This has allowed the detour at the west-end of the Main St. project from Roberts to Morton to be moved back to the original configuration of Whipple to Walnut.

Nicor is continuing with their gas main relocation with 2 crews, one at each end of the project.

With some of the work occurring near the property line, just a reminder that the contractor will restore your property if disturbed during construction.

Also, please contact the Resident Engineer if you have a lawn sprinkler system and/or an invisible fence. Please keep your sprinkler system/fence marked for the duration of the work.

Status (May 15, 2020)

It’s been a busy week at the Main Street project. Watermain installation is progressing at a good rate toward the east side of the project. Later next week the contractor will jump to the far west side of the project to work on the watermain there.

With the work occurring near the property line, just a reminder that the contractor will restore your property if disturbed during construction. Please contact the Resident Engineer if you have a lawn sprinkler system and/or an invisible fence. Also, please keep your sprinkler system/fence marked for the duration of the work.

Nicor is continuing with their gas main relocation with 2 crews, one at each end of the project.

We will be entering a new traffic pattern on Rt. 31 starting on Thursday, May 21st. The traffic will be reduced to 2 lanes (1 lane in each direction) and will be shifted to the west side of the Rt. 31. Please be alert and follow all construction traffic signs.

Status (May 07, 2020)

There’s a lot of activity onsite this week. The contractor is continuing with the installation of the new watermain along the area of the old sidewalk on the north side of Main Street. He’s currently working at Main St. and Jackson St. and is progressing east. It’s definitely a tight fit installing the watermain under the old sidewalk, so please bear with us. AT&T is still also onsite moving their wires from the old to the new poles. Nicor is also onsite relocating their gas main. They’re using 2 crews, one at the east end of the site by Water St. and another at the west end by Whipple Ave.

Status (April 23, 2020)

The contractor will continue working on various sanitary sewer point repairs throughout Main Street. Temporary lighting and traffic signals at the Rt. 31 and Main St. intersection will be turned on next week. Nicor will be onsite next week relocating the gas lines out of the way of the project.

Status (April 16, 2020)

The contractor will continue working on various sanitary sewer point repairs throughout Main Street over the coming week. We’ve worked with the contractor to slightly adjust the traffic control during daily operations. We’ll be closing single blocks to through traffic on Main St. where there is active work. This should help avoid vehicles having to drive half-way down the block only to realize a truck is blocking the one-way traffic. Traffic will be routed down the nearest side-street before entering that block. Local traffic to individual homes can enter the block as usual.  Temporary lighting and traffic signals will be installed at the Rt. 31 and Main St. intersection in the coming week. AT&T is onsite relocating some of their wires out of the way of the project.

Status (April 7, 2020)

The detour route is in place, please follow the posted signs. The contractor will be milling the pavement surface within the work zone along Main Street this week in preparation for the underground work. The tree removal contractor will be onsite within the next few days as well. 

The City of Batavia and BLA ask that you bring your garbage cans to the barricade line of Main Street sothat Advanced Disposal can complete collection every pickup day by 6:00am. Main Street will betemporarily closed for approximately 15 minutes so that the collection can be completed in both theeastbound and westbound directions.

Status (March 26, 2020)

Construction will begin on March 30, 2020.  IL Rt 31 will be reduced to one lane in each direction and Main Street will be Westbound direction only.  

Status (January 28, 2020)

The State opened the bids on January 17, 2020 and Acqua Contractors Corp. is the low bidder. 

The City will host an open house for this project on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at City Hall Council Chambers. 

At the meeting you will have the opportunity to:

• Review the project plans, detour route and schedule.

• Talk with the project team and ask questions.

Construction is expected to start in April 2020 and substantially completed by December 2020. 

Click here for approved project plans

Project Purpose

Main Street is an arterial street in Batavia that is also a designated truck route as the main thoroughfare for our residents. The last time Main Street was resurfaced was 1990 and the pavement has now met and/or exceeded its useful life and needs to be replaced. When considering replacement of the pavement the City addresses the fact that in addition to being a thoroughfare for our residents Main Street also houses many utilities under the road. Main Street is one of the City’s three corridors that have combined sewers, meaning both storm sewer (rain runoff) and sanitary sewer (dirty house water) utilize the same pipe. With the street being replaced this is the most opportune time to separate the storm sewer from the sanitary. After the storm sewer is completely separated from the combined sewer the line will be only utilized for sanitary and lined as a maintenance item to extend the life of the sanitary pipe. The existing 4-inch water main that was installed prior to 1930 will also be replaced with an increased pipe size to match that of the City’s Overall Water Main Improvement map and plan. Since the street will be torn up and in order to reach all of these utilities the street will be completely reconstructed, meaning taking the road back to the stone base, with new curb and gutter and sidewalks.

Project Description

Several years ago the City applied for and received $2.5 million in Federal Surface Transportation (STP) Funds for Main Street, which is the maximum allowable Federal Funding that can be awarded. For this project, the City received funding specifically for the construction and construction inspection of the roadway. With all projects that receive STP Funds, the process is lengthy to receive approval for construction, sometimes taking several years. The City will be following the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) process.

Through the course of Phase I the City held an open house meeting on November 12, 2014. This was publicly advertised for and had good attendance. This meeting showed interested parties and stakeholders four different options, shown below, for future layouts of Main Street and this handout (PDF) was provided:

The City’s consultant, Civiltech, presented the alternatives at the May 5, 2015 Committee of the Whole (PDF) meeting with a staff recommendation of Alternate E (PDF) as shown in the presentation. After Council and resident discussion a motion was made to recommend Alternate A (PDF) as the preferred alternate for Main Street and was presented and passed at City Council on May 18, 2015.

Project Location

Main Street from Van Nortwick Avenue to Water Street

Construction Impacts

During the construction, Main street will be one way westbound from Water St. to Van Nortwick Ave. Eastbound traffic will be detoured north to Wilson Street. The construction area will be local access only and at times may be restricted. City staff will work with residents and business to make sure access to their home or business is available at all times. Click here for the detour route

Project Funding

The project is funded at a Federal 80% and Local 20% match. The City has also been approved to receive $2.5 million in STP funds (Federal Fund) for Construction and Construction Engineering.

Project Timeline

  • Design Engineering - Completion November 2019
  • Construction - March 2020 to December 2020

Project Plans

Click here for approved project plans.

Contact Information

For concerns or questions, please contact Chris Bong 630-454-2752