Prairie Street Reconstruction

Current Status (December 5, 2018)

The Public Meeting for the Prairie Street Improvements will take place on December 5, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00PM at City Hall. City staff and our consultant, CMT, will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have. If you are not available to attend the meeting please feel free to email, Timothy Grimm, at with any comments or questions.

Below is a summary of the Phase I Planning Exhibits that will be available at the meeting.

Prairie Street – Exhibit Boards
Prairie Street – Proposed Typical Section
Prairie Street – Existing Conditions Exhibit
Prairie Street – Stage 1 Proposed Exhibit
Prairie Street – Stage 2 Proposed Exhibit

Status (November 12, 2018)

The City has submitted Phase I reports to the ICC and IDOT with conceptual design information related to the Wilson Street and Prairie Street intersection. Once comments are received regarding the ICC & IDOT intersection reports CMT will be submitting the Draft Preliminary Design Report to IDOT.  

The City of Batavia has scheduled a Public Meeting (Open House format) for December 5, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM at City Hall in the Council Chambers.

At the meeting you will have the opportunity to:

Review the project purpose and need.
Review and provide input on improvements under consideration.
Talk with the project team and ask questions.

Status (September 11, 2018)

The engineer, CMT Engineers, provided a project update to the Committee of the Whole meeting on September 11, 2018. CMT provided an overview of the project and updates regarding coordination with the ICC and IDOT.
Click here for a copy of the 9/11/2018 COW Meeting Powerpoint Presentation

Status (March 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 (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.

Click here for a copy of the Resident Notification Letter

Additionally, CMT has submitted an Environmental Survey Request (ESR) to IDOT for review. Copies of ESR exhibits are provided below.

Click here for a copy of the ESR Aerial Exhibit

Click here for a copy of Ground Level Photos Exhibit

Project Purpose

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.

Project Location

The limits of the project are from the intersection of Wilson Street to Pine Street.

View a Map of the Prairie Street Reconstruction Project

Project Funding

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.

Project Timeline

Preliminary Engineering-Completion March 2019
Design Engineering- Completion December 2019
Construction – March 2020-December 2020

Additional Information

For concerns or questions, please email Timothy Grimm, PE or via phone at 630-454-2756.

Contact Us

  1. Engineering Division

    200 N Raddant Road
    Batavia, IL 60510

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


    Monday - Friday
    7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Rahat Bari, P.E.

    City Engineer

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