Prairie Street Reconstruction
Current Status (February 20, 2017)The engineer, Chicago Testing Laboratory, will be taking pavement cores along Prairie Street the week of February 20, 2017. Also, the week of February 27th soil borings are scheduled to be taken along the corridor of Prairie Street from Wilson Street to Pine Street.
Status as of February 1, 2017
The Phase 1 Preliminary Engineering is now underway. The consultant, CMT Group, has begun data collection work and has crews on-site that will be performing topographic survey in the area. Residents in the immediate vicinity of the project should have received a notification letter. Traffic counts for the area is also being completed at this time.
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The City of Batavia has contracted with CMT Group of Aurora to perform Phase 1 preliminary engineering services for the reconstruction of Prairie Street from Wilson Street to Pine Street. Prairie Street is an important route as it is the main roadway for the entrance to J.B. Nelson Elementary School and other local businesses, which is utilized by vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. Also, this connects Pine Street to Wilson Street. Last resurfacing of Prairie Street in this portion was in 1995/1996. Since this time, the City of Batavia has periodically crack sealed and performed other minor maintenance operations on this segment of the street.
Description of Work
The City has applied for received Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding through the in an amount just over $1.8 million for the reconstruction of Prairie Street. STP funds that are used on highways projects are administered by IDOT and due to the nature of the work the planning and approval process leading up to actual construction can sometimes take multiple years.
Prairie Street currently is in poor condition and will need to be completely reconstructed. The existing roadway has been overlaid over the gutter so many times there is hardly any existing curb remaining. The proposed improvements include HMA pavement, curb and gutter, lighting, storm sewer, sidewalk, and on-street bike-path. Prairie Street is a connection point for several significant regional routes that travel within the City of Batavia and adjoining communities. This section of roadway is heavily traveled and serves as access to residences, businesses, parks and schools in the area. Prairie Street is the main roadway that parents use to access J.B. Nelson Elementary School.
With proximity of J.B. Nelson Elementary School and the local businesses to this project, this roadway is heavily traveled by both pedestrians and bicyclists. This project will consider the addition of an on-street or off-street bike lane, which will tie in to the larger Batavia Bicycle Plan. In addition, by repairing and replacing the sidewalks along this route to meet current ADA standards more people will utilize this route. With the addition of the ADA accessibility and high visibility cross-walks/signs, there will be a higher percentage of students walking to school.
The limits of the project are from the intersection of Wilson Street to Pine Street.
View a Map of the Prairie Street Reconstruction Project
The project is funded at a Federal 80% and Local 20% match. The City has been approved to receive just over $1.8 million in STP funds (Federal Fund) for the Construction and Construction Engineering.
For concerns or questions, please email Timothy Grimm, PE or via phone at 630-454-2756.