Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Construction Work Completed!!!

Work Completed Last Week, August 15th to 19th  
·         Performed walk-through with Village staff to identify any areas that need to be addressed prior to project close-out.
·         Completed minor items that needed repair.
·         Opened all lanes along Greenwood Road to traffic
·         Installed pavement markings along project site.
·         Performed final landscaping and sod restorations.
·         General site clean-up.

The contractor will continue to water the sod until a healthy stand of grass is established.

The construction work is now completed for 2016 except for a few minor repairs items.

Phase II of the construction project will be completed in 2017. Phase II consists of Happy Hollow Road from the end of this year’s project to Maple Leaf Drive. The work is anticipated to begin in mid-June and completed by mid-August 2017, while school is out of session.

This will be the last Blog Post for the 2016 Construction Project. We hope that you found the information provided informative and useful. If you have any additional concerns or questions, please contact the Village Project Manager, Robert Steele, at 847-904-4423.

Thanks again for all your patience and understanding during the construction project.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Final Layer of Asphalt Pavement Installed

Work Completed Last Week, August 8th to 12th
·         Performed final testing of underground utilities.
·         Completed sod installation along Happy Hollow Road, Rebecca Lane, and Lawson Road
·         Removed and poured 3rd (and final) section of concrete pavement along Greenwood Road at Happy Hollow Road and Rebecca Lane
·         Milled 2-inches of the existing asphalt surface along Rebecca Lane, Lawson Road, and a few other miscellaneous areas.
·         Abandoned old water main.
·         Paved final lift of asphalt pavement along the entire project site.
·         General Site Clean-Up

Work Anticipated to be completed This week, August 15th to 19th
·         Perform walk-through with Village staff to identify any areas that need to be addressed prior to project close-out.
·         Complete minor items remaining to be repaired
·         Open all lanes along Greenwood Road to traffic
·         Install pavement markings along project site.

Sod installation is now completed along the entire project site. The contractor will continue to water the sod until a healthy stand of grass is established.

Now that the sod installation is completed in front of your homes, you may contact your irrigation contractor if your system was damaged during construction operations. Your irrigation contractor should be able to easily lift up the newly installed sod and make any needed repairs, then re-install the sod. The Village does not reimburse or pay for private improvements within the public right-of-way that were damaged during the construction project.

With the final layer of asphalt pavement installed, the major construction operations are completed. There are only a few minor items of work to be completed on-site prior to the start of the school year!!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Happy Hollow Road First Layers of Asphalt Pavement Installed. Rebecca Lane Underground Improvements Completed, Roadway Improvements Begin

Work Completed Last Week, July 25th to July 29th
·         Poured concrete driveway along Happy Hollow Road
·         Poured remaining concrete sidewalks and curb & gutter along Happy Hollow Road
·         Performed rough grading of landscape along Happy Hollow Road, Lawson Road, and Rebecca Lane
·         Graded and preparation work prior to paving first 2 layers of asphalt pavement
·         Removal and pouring of 1st section of concrete pavement along Greenwood Road at Happy Hollow Road and Rebecca Lane
·         Completed water service replacements along Rebecca Lane
·         Made final connection to existing water main along Rebecca Lane at Happy Hollow Road
·         Perform manhole adjustments along Rebecca Lane

Work Anticipated to be completed This week, August 1st to August 5th  
·         Install and grade topsoil in all areas disturbed by construction activities along Happy Hollow Road, Rebecca Lane, and Lawson Road
·         Remove and pour 2nd section of concrete pavement along Greenwood Road at Happy Hollow Road and Rebecca Lane
·         Remove and pour concrete curb & gutter, driveways, and sidewalks scheduled to be replaced along Rebecca Lane
·         Perform asphalt trench patching along Rebecca Lane
·         Perform final testing of underground utilities prior to installing asphalt surface
·         Adjust manholes within the pavement along Happy Hollow Road
·         Perform walk-through with Village staff to identify any areas that need to be addressed prior to asphalt surface paving
·         General Site Clean-Up

Work anticipated to be completed prior to start of school year
·         Mill existing asphalt along Lawson Road and Rebecca Lane.
·         Complete 3rd section of concrete pavement removal and replacement along Greenwood Road at Happy Hollow Road and Rebecca Lane
·         Paving final asphalt surface along Happy Hollow Road, Rebecca Lane, and Lawson Road
·         Install pavement markings along Happy Hollow Road, Greenwood Road, and Rebecca Lane

Thank you to all the residents along Happy Hollow Road that were without driveway access for approximately 1.5 weeks. Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated and allowed for a significant amount of work be completed in the most efficient manner possible. A major milestone was reached last Friday, the first layers of asphalt pavement were installed. This will provide a smooth driving surface as well as greatly reduce the amount of dust along Happy Hollow Road.

Along Happy Hollow Road, there will be a lot of work getting ready for the final asphalt surface layer to be paved prior to the start of the school year. There will still be a significant amount of activity along Happy Hollow Road, but likely not as many crews as previous weeks.

This week the contractor will begin installing and grading topsoil as well as installing sod along Happy Hollow Road, Rebecca Lane, and Lawson Road. The contractor will continue to water the sod once it is installed until a healthy stand of grass is established.

Along Rebecca Lane, the underground utility improvements are now completed!!!  The contractor will begin the roadway improvements phase of the project. This work will consist of removing and replacing concrete curb & gutter, driveways, and sidewalks scheduled to be replaced or that were damaged during construction and asphalt patching of the gravel trench where the water main was installed. The entire roadway will have the existing asphalt surface milled and repaved prior to the start of the school year.

The 2nd section of concrete pavement will be removed and poured this week along Greenwood Road at the intersections of Rebecca Lane and Happy Hollow Road. Thank you for all your cooperation and patience as you travel through this intersection. Please use caution.

As you have seen, there has been a lot of work completed in the past few months and the major construction is schedule to be completed prior to the start of the fall school year, just 3 weeks away!!!

Thanks again for all your patience, understanding, and cooperation!!!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Happy Hollow Roadway Improvements Continue. Greenwood Road Improvements Begin. Water Service Replacements Begin on Rebecca Lane.

Work Completed Last Week, July 18th to July 23rd
·         Completed water main installation along Rebecca Lane
·         Started performing necessary testing to place newly installed water main along Rebecca Lane into service
·         Completed storm sewer improvements along Rebecca Lane
·         Performed excavations in preparation for water service replacement along Rebecca Lane
·         Trench patching along Lawson Road
·         Install and grade topsoil along Lawson Road
·         Complete roadway excavation and installation of aggregate base course along Happy Hollow Road
·         Installed string line along Happy Hollow Road in preparation for concrete curb & gutter installation along Happy Hollow Road
·         Graded aggregate base under proposed concrete curb & gutter in preparation for pouring along Happy Hollow Road
·         Poured concrete curb & gutter on Happy Hollow Road
·         Graded and prepared for pouring concrete driveways along Happy Hollow Road

Work Anticipated to be completed Next week, July 25th to July 29th 
·         Pour concrete driveways along Happy Hollow Road
·         Pour remaining concrete curb & gutter along Happy Hollow Road
·         Pour remaining concrete sidewalks along Happy Hollow Road
·         Rough grading of landscape behind curb & gutter along Happy Hollow Road
·         Grading of roadway in preparation for asphalt pavement along Happy Hollow Road
·         Pave first layers of asphalt pavement along Happy Hollow Road, scheduled for Friday, July 29th
·         Removal of a portion of concrete pavement along Greenwood Road at Happy Hollow Road and Rebecca Lane
·         Pouring concrete pavement along Greenwood Road at Happy Hollow Road and Rebecca Lane
·         Water Service Replacements along Rebecca Lane
·         Depending on work progress and scheduling, milling existing asphalt along Lawson Road and Rebecca Lane.

 Along Rebecca Lane, the required testing and process to receive the necessary approvals to place the new water main into service is underway. We are anticipating getting all approvals the beginning of next week. The contractor has started excavating for water service replacements, with anticipation of beginning water service replacement on Monday or Tuesday. Water services will be replaced from the new water main to the existing valve and box located in front of each home. During the water service replacement, water to individual homes will be shut-off for approximately 2-3 hours while the transition from the old service to the new service is made. The contractor will notify each resident individually regarding the approximate time and day of the water shut-off prior to turning off the water.

Once the water service replacements along Rebecca Lane are completed, the contractor will begin the roadway improvements phase of the project on Rebecca Lane. The roadway improvements will include patching the excavated area, milling the top surface off the existing pavement, making spot concrete curb & gutter and sidewalk repairs, and installing a new asphalt surface layer. The roadway improvements are not as significant as those occurring along Happy Hollow Road, where the entire roadway is being reconstructed.

Happy Hollow has had a lot of activity over the past week in preparation for the concrete curb & gutter installation. It is anticipated all the concrete curb & gutter, sidewalk, and driveway work will be completed by the middle of next week. The only exception is the driveway entrance to Willowbrook School which will be completed after access to all other driveways is restored.

If all goes as planned and there are no significant delays in production or due to weather, the first layers of asphalt pavement will be installed along Happy Hollow Road by the end of next week. Once the first layers of asphalt pavement are installed, the amount of dust will be greatly reduced and driveway access will be restored. We are extremely grateful for the patience and understanding from all the residents that live along Happy Hollow Road. These residents will be without driveway access for over a week to allow for the concrete installation and curing, as well as the roadway paving to be performed in the most efficient manner possible.  THANK YOU!!!!

Also next week the contractor will begin concrete pavement replacement along Greenwood Road at the intersections of Happy Hollow Road and Rebecca Lane. This work will be performed in phases to allow for one lane of traffic along Greenwood Road. However, we expect some travel delays as both lanes of traffic will need to access a single lane. Please use caution while traveling along Greenwood Road. Due to performing the work in phases, it will take 2-3 weeks to complete the concrete pavement repairs within the intersections. This will allow for proper concrete curing prior to opening the lanes to traffic and beginning the next phase of the intersection.

Thank you again to all the residents within the neighborhood for your patience and understanding. The project is moving along smoothly and ahead of schedule due to your cooperation. Getting the first layer of asphalt pavement installed along Happy Hollow Road will be a major project milestone and will greatly reduce some of the significant travel delays and dust along Happy Hollow Road. Please use caution and be patient traveling along Greenwood Road for the next few weeks as the intersection work will be on-going.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Roadway Excavation along Happy Hollow Continues. Water Main along Rebecca On-Going

Work Completed Last Week, July 11th to July 15th
·         Poured concrete sidewalks in locations previously removed.
·         Completed water service replacements along Happy Hollow Road
·         Completed water service replacements along Lawson Road
·         Made connection to existing water service to Willowbrook School
·         Made connection between existing water main and newly installed water main at Happy Hollow Road and Phase I Limits
·         Make connection between existing water main and newly installed water main along Lawson Road
·         Saw-cutting existing pavement in location of proposed water main along Rebecca Lane
·         Made connection between existing water main and new water main at Rebecca Lane and Greenwood Road
·         Began installation of new water main along Rebecca Lane
·         Began roadway excavation and installation of aggregate base course along Happy Hollow Road.

Work Anticipated to be completed Next week, July 18th to July 22nd
·         Complete water main installation along Rebecca Lane
·         Perform necessary testing and receive approval to place newly installed water main along Rebecca Lane into service
·         Roadway patching along Lawson Road
·         Continue with roadway excavation and installation of aggregate base course along Happy Hollow Road
·         Depending on work progress, install string line and grading in preparation for concrete curb & gutter installation along Happy Hollow Road

The contractor is anticipating to complete the water main installation along Rebecca Lane next week and begin performing the required tests and receiving the necessary approvals to place the new water main into service. Water service replacements along Rebecca Lane are anticipated to begin the week of July 25th.

The roadway improvements along Happy Hollow Road with excavation of the existing pavement and installation of aggregate base course has started and will continue through next week. During the roadway excavation phase, the driveways within the daily work area will be restricted. The contractor will provide notice as to which day your driveway access will be restricted. We request you have your vehicles out of your driveways and garages by 7:00 AM the day work adjacent to your home is expected to be completed. Access will be restored by 5:00 PM or early depending on work progress.

Depending on work progress, the contractor will begin installing a string line and grading the under the proposed concrete curb & gutter in preparation for pouring new concrete curb & gutter. Once the string line is installed and concrete work begins, residents will be restricted from their driveways for an extended period of time, approximately 1 ½ weeks. This extended period of time is to allow for the contractor to complete concrete curb & gutter, sidewalk, and driveway installation; allowing proper time for the concrete to cure; grading and installing additional aggregate base course on the roadway; and paving the first layers of asphalt pavement. As the schedule is finalized, residents will be notified regarding the timing of this work to be performed and when access to your driveways is expected to be restored.

There is a lot of construction activity along Happy Hollow Road, Lawson Road, and Rebecca Lane as the contractor continues to meet the construction schedule and get as much work as possible completed prior to the start of school. Please you caution as you walk and travel through the construction zones.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as you have been dealing with water main shut-downs, travel delays due to work along Greenwood Road and neighboring streets, dusty conditions, and driveway restrictions. We understand the significant inconveniences these cause to your daily lives and are committed to limiting them to the greatest extent possible.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Happy Hollow: Underground Utility Work to Be Completed. Roadway Improvements Begin. Rebecca Lane: Water Main Replacement Begins

Work Completed Last Week, July 4th to July 8th   
·         Received necessary approvals to place the newly installed water main into service along Happy Hollow Road from Willowbrook School to Greenwood Road
·         Completed water service replacements along Happy Hollow Road from Willowbrook School to Greenwood Road
·         Completed storm sewer installation at Happy Hollow Road and Greenwood Road
·         Performed necessary testing and received required approvals for placing the newly installed water main into service along Happy Hollow Road from the Phase I limits to Willowbrook School and along Lawson Road.
·         Sidewalk removal and preparation work prior to pouring new concrete sidewalk as required.

Work Anticipated to be completed This week, July 11th to July 15th
·         Pour concrete sidewalks in locations previously removed.
·         Complete water service replacements along Happy Hollow Road
·         Complete water service replacements along Lawson Road
·         Make connection to existing water service to Willowbrook School
·         Make connection between existing water main and newly installed water main at Happy Hollow Road and Phase I Limits
·         Make connection between existing water main and newly installed water main along Lawson Road
·         Begin asphalt patching of Lawson Road
·         Saw-cutting existing pavement in location of proposed water main along Rebecca Lane
·         Begin installation of new water main along Rebecca Lane
·         Begin roadway excavation and installation of aggregate base course along Happy Hollow Road.

The contractor will complete the water service replacements along Happy Hollow Road and Lawson Road this week. Water services will be replaced from the new water main to the existing valve and box located in front of each home. During the water service replacement, water to individual homes will be shut-off for approximately 2-3 hours while the transition from the old service to the new service is made. The contractor will notify each resident individually regarding the approximate time and day of the water shut-off prior to turning off the water.

The water services on the north side of Happy Hollow Road (opposite side of street from the new water main) will be directionally drilled under the existing pavement. The water services on the south side of Happy Hollow Road (same side of the street as the new water main) will be open cut due to the close proximity between the water main and water service connection.

The contractor will also be making the final connections between the existing water main and newly installed water main. Water will be shut-off for a period of time during these water main connections. The Village Water Department will notify residents affected by the water shut-down the day prior to the work being performed.

Once the water service replacements and water main connections are completed, a project milestone will be met. All underground utility work along Happy Hollow Road and Lawson Road will be completed!!!

The next phase of construction along Happy Hollow Road is roadway reconstruction. The contractor will begin removing the existing concrete pavement, removing unstable materials below the existing pavement, and installing a new aggregate base course for the asphalt pavement. The contractor will begin at Greenwood Road and work west to the Phase I limits. It is anticipated to take 1-1/2 weeks to complete the roadway excavation phase. During this phase, travelling along Happy Hollow Road will be very difficult and you may be asked to use alternates routes. Access to driveways in the location of the roadway excavation will be restricted for the day they are working adjacent to your home.  The contractor will provide notice prior to blocking or restricting access to your driveway.  Access will be provided by the end of each day.

A second phase of construction will also begin next week, water main replacement along Rebecca Lane. The contractor will begin at Greenwood Road and work towards Happy Hollow Road. For those residents that live along Rebecca Lane, this will be the beginning of the major construction along your street. The water main replacement will be very similar to what you noticed with your neighbors along Happy Hollow.  During the water main construction, access to your driveway will be provided throughout a majority of the project; however, there will be instances when the contractor has excavated a trench adjacent to your driveway to install the new water main when access will be restricted.  The contractor will provide advance notice so you may move your vehicles prior to access being restricted. You will have access by the end of each day and should only last a few hours. There will also be residents with their water shut-off to perform the connection between the existing water main and new water main. The Village Water Department will provide notification the day prior to the work occurring.

There is a lot of construction activity along Happy Hollow Road, Lawson Road, and Rebecca Lane as the contractor continues to meet the construction schedule and get as much work as possible completed prior to the start of school. Please you caution as you walk and travel through the construction zones.

Thanks again as you deal with dusty conditions, travel delays, driveway restrictions, water shut-down, and all the various inconveniences experienced living within a construction area. Your patience, understanding, and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Water Service Replacements to Begin

Work Completed Last Week, June 27th to July 1st  
·         Completed water main replacement along Happy Hollow Road within Phase I
·         Completed water main replacement along Lawson Road
·         Made connection to existing water main along Lawson Road
·         Completed storm sewer replacements and improvements along Happy Hollow Road
·         Completed storm sewer replacements and improvements along Lawson Road
·         Received necessary approvals prior to placing the newly installed water main into service along Happy Hollow Road from Willowbrook School to Greenwood Road.
·         General site clean-up prior to July 4th Holiday.

Work Anticipated to be completed Next week, July 4th to July 8th  
·         No work to be completed on July 4th.
·         Begin water service replacements along Happy Hollow Road from Willowbrook School to Greenwood Road
·         Perform necessary testing and receive required approvals for placing the newly installed water main into service along Happy Hollow Road from the Phase I limits to Willowbrook School and along Lawson Road.
·         Potentially begin sidewalk removal and preparation work prior to pouring new concrete sidewalk as required.

The majority of the water main installation is now completed along Happy Hollow Road (Phase I) and Lawson Road. The remaining water main work includes making connections to the existing system once water service replacements are completed.

Next week, the contractor will begin water service replacements along Happy Hollow Road starting at Greenwood Road and working west towards the Phase I limits. Water services will be replaced from the new water main to the existing valve and box located in front of each home. During the water service replacement, water to individual homes will be shut-off for approximately 2-3 hours while the transition from the old service to the new service is made. The contractor will notify each resident individually regarding the approximate time and day of the water shut-off prior to turning off the water.

The water services on the north side of Happy Hollow Road (opposite side of street from the new water main) will be directionally drilled under the existing pavement. The water services on the south side of Happy Hollow Road (same side of the street as the new water main) will be open cut due to the close proximity between the water main and water service connection.

The contractor will not be on-site over the July 4th Holiday. Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Weekend!!!