North Grace Street Utility Improvements

General Information

Design Engineering:
Start Date: April 2022
Completion Date: January 2023
Project Manager: Ray Schwab, Civil Engineer II
Engineer:  Civiltech Engineering of Itasca
Awarded Contract Amount: $214,320.40
Geotechnical Consultant: Seeco Consultants of Tinley Park
Funding Sources: Construction and Water & Sewer Funds

Tentative Start Date: Early to mid-April 2023
Tentative Completion Date: Late October 2023
Project Manager: Ray Schwab, Civil Engineer II
Contractor: John Neri Construction
Awarded Contract Amount: $2,721,816.15
Funding Sources: Water & Sewer Funds

Contact Information 

Contact: Ray Schwab, Civil Engineer II/Project Manager 
(630) 620-5740 or


Newsletters & Notices: A public information meeting regarding the project will take place Thursday, February 23, 2023, between 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Residents/property owners will be notified as the date approaches. 

The “Notify Me” feature will be utilized and periodic newsletters will be issued. Hand-distributed notices will be issued as necessary.

Newsletter #1 4/11/23
Newsletter #2 5/17/23
Newsletter #3 5/25/23
Newsletter #4 6/28/23
Newsletter #5 8/15/23
Newsletter #6 9/18/23
Sidewalk and Driveway Restoration #1 7/18/23
Sidewalk and Driveway Restoration #2 7/20/23
Sidewalk and Driveway Restoration #3 7/24/23
Sidewalk and Driveway Restoration #4 7/25/23
Resident Letter 8/1/23
H2O Infrastructure/FerPal Door Hanger

Resident Letter regarding Public Meeting

Project Information 

Project Limits: North Grace Street from Prairie Avenue to North Avenue

Project: The scope of the project addresses water breaks, sags, and structural issues within the sanitary sewer pipe and manholes. Some sections of water mains shall be rehabilitated via a Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP), some sections will be replaced and other sections will be decommissioned and have the services transferred to an existing larger diameter water main. Portions of the sanitary sewer will also be lined with CIPP and other sections will be replaced with new sewer. Some sanitary sewer manholes will be coated with a geopolymer or epoxy product to ensure that they are structurally sound and watertight to prevent the infiltration of groundwater.

Anticipated Project Schedule:

Bid Opening
March 6, 2023

Project AwardMarch 16, 2023 

Project Start
April 2023

Project CompletionOctober 2023    

Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this project necessary?

Some of the underground utility infrastructure has reached the end of its service life.
How does this benefit the Village? 
The benefits of the project will be an improved and more resilient water distribution and sewer collection network.
Will this impact traffic and parking? 
North Grace Street will be southbound during the installation of water and sewer services that cross the roadway and during the installation of the new water main. Lane reductions may occur in conjunction with one-way traffic. There will be periods when residents will not be able to access their driveways due to underground utility construction, driveway apron reconstruction, and roadway paving. Overnight parking passes will be distributed before residents are out of their driveways overnight or for extended periods.
Why are the trees being removed? The tree removal process involves removing the portions of the trees that may be chipped and then cutting down the trunks and finally grinding the stumps.

Trees on the west side of North Grace between East Prairie and East View and from the mid-300 block to East Pleasant Lane are located directly above two individual sanitary sewer lines that are being replaced. The existing sanitary sewers have severe sags that affect the efficient conveyance of sewage. The Village will replant trees at those locations per the Village’s minimum spacing requirements. Three runs of sanitary sewer on the west side and one on the east side are being rehabilitated by “trenchless technology” which does not require excavating the sewer line and thus does not require the removal of any trees.

The trees that are scheduled for removal on the east side of Grace were assessed as to their overall health and the impact that any necessary underground utility construction (primarily water and sanitary sewer services) will have on their condition. Trees to be removed were evaluated to be either in decline, diseased, or structurally compromised.

The trees along North Grace Street are not being trimmed due to power line clearance. The Village will plant low-statured trees under the power lines to minimize any clearance pruning performed by ComEd.

For additional information about the Village's Forestry Department and Forestry Management Plan, please visit our Forestry Page.