Prairie Street Reconstruction
Current Status (Stg. 1 Prairie Street Reconstruction and Stg. 2 Intersection Improvements)
The majority of work for the Prairie Street Reconstruction project is now completed and the contractor has moved to the punch-list phase of the work. We expect that all punch-list items will be completed in December 2020.
With the Stage 1 construction completed, the Engineering Division is commencing with the design phase of Stage 2 which includes the improvements to the intersection of Wilson Street and Prairie Street. This next phase of work will be supported by both Federal Surface Transportation funds (STP) and ICC Grade Crossing Protection funding (GCPF). The City had applied for these funds and has been awarded approximately $1.78 million in funds to help offset the design and construction costs for the work. The funding breakdown will be 70% Federal & 30% Local split.
A consultant has been selected for the design (TranSystems) and we are currently waiting for the Notice to Proceed from IDOT to begin. We expect to start in December 2020 with a kick-off meeting with IDOT followed by survey work beginning in January/February 2021.
In 2016, the City of Batavia 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.
The City had applied for received Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding 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 the 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 into 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 Americans with Disabilities Act (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.
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.
- Preliminary Engineering - Completion March 2019
- Design Engineering - Completion December 2019
- Construction - March 2020 to December 2020
For concerns or questions, please email Timothy Grimm, PE or by calling 630-454-2756.
Prairie Street Reconstruction - Project History (Design and Construction)
Status (October 16, 2020)
The Prairie Street Reconstruction project is nearly completed and we would like to give a thank you to all the residents in the construction area. It was a busy construction season with a lot of dust and delays to everyone in the neighborhood. We have appreciated your patience and cooperation throughout the duration of the project.
If you live along S Prairie Street within the construction area between Wilson Street and Pine Street and have received new sod we ask that you please do not put leaves out for pick-up sooner than Sunday, November 1st. The City will have a special collection for this area of S Prairie Street after the viability of the sod has been checked. This pick-up will be on or around Monday, November 2nd.
Status as of October 5, 2020
Preparation for final paving work will begin Mon Oct. 5 by Geneva Construction. They will begin by grinding asphalt on the block north of Webster Street to the railroad tracks and also grinding the connection points or limits of pavement at each side street intersection.
Beginning on Wed Oct. 7 the “prime coat” will be placed thru the entire length of S Prairie to Pine Street. This liquid bituminous material will take about an hour or so to apply and will take another hour to set. Please make sure to drive slowly thru the area to avoid splashing on your vehicle.
On Thursday Oct. 8 the final asphalt surface will be placed along both lanes of S Prairie St. This will be a full day of work starting at 7am and depending on how the work goes paving may need to be finished up on Friday.
By the end of day on Thursday BOTH lanes of S Prairie Street will be opened to traffic. If you live along S Prairie Street please use caution when leaving your driveways.
Also, if you live along S Prairie Street within the construction area between Wilson Street and Pine Street and have received new sod we ask that you please do not put leaves out for pick-up sooner than Sunday, November 1st. The City will have a special collection for this area of S Prairie Street after the viability of the sod has been checked. This will most likely be on or around Monday, November 2nd.
Status as of September 21, 2020
This week PirTano Construction will continue grading operations on Prairie Street backfilling behind the new sidewalks and grading the parkways. PirTano has also begun prepping driveway aprons for asphalt this week. Currently they are scheduled to begin asphalt driveway patching on Wednesday September 23. This work is expected to take 1-2 days.
Status as of September 14, 2020
Status as of September 4, 2020
Lots of work going on today along S Prairie St, Geneva Construction is on-site completing the installation of the asphalt binder course from Pine Street to Webster Street, this work will be completed by end of day.
Starting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, PirTano Construction will be back on-site removing the sidewalk along the west side of S Prairie St and backfilling behind the new curb.
Also, starting on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, JG Demo will be back on-site preparing for sidewalk and concrete driveway construction along the west side of S Prairie St from Webster to Pine Street. This work is expected to take 2-3 days.
Status as of August 29, 2020
Starting on Monday, August 31st, JG Demo will begin pouring curb along the west side of Prairie Street from Pine Street to just north of Webster. This work is expected to take 2 days.
Also starting next week, PirTano construction will be on-site fine grading the roadway and backfilling behind the new curb from Pine Street to Webster in preparation of the first layer of asphalt along the west side of Prairie St. We anticipate that this paving work will be done on Friday, September 4.
Status as of August 21, 2020
On Monday, August 24th, PirTano Construction will finish the roadway excavation north of Webster Street. Also on Monday the landscape subcontractor, Del Torro, will begin backfilling the sidewalks on the east side of Prairie Street.
Beginning on Tuesday, August 25th, PirTano will shift traffic control to Stage 3 for work to take place at the intersection of Pine Street and Prairie St. Stage 3 traffic control will include closing thru traffic from Pine Street to Hart Road. The northbound detour will still be in effect for Prairie Street so southbound Prairie St traffic will still have access to Pine St (east of Prairie). The traffic control will be during the daytime hours only from Tuesday 8/25 thru the end of day on Thursday 8/27.
On Thursday, August 26th, the concrete curb preparation work will begin for the west side of Prairie Street from Pine Street to just north of Webster. This work is expected to take 2-3 days. Residents that live along the west side of S Prairie should be receiving a door notice next week stating that construction will be happening (including the date of work). The concrete placement is expected to start on Monday, August 31st.
Status as of August 14, 2020
On Saturday, August 15th, PirTano Construction, will begin excavating in the parkways along the east side to prepare for backfilling around the new sidewalks and curbs. And on Monday, August 17th, the roadway excavation along the west side will continue from Chestnut St working south to Pine St. Asphalt paving work on the west side of Prairie Street between Pine and Webster is expected to take place in about 2-3 weeks, weather permitting.
Landscape work is also expected to begin on Monday along the east side with topsoil placement in the parkways between the new sidewalk and curbs. This will be only rough grading work and the final grading will take place at a later date with the placement of sod.
Status as of July 31, 2020
On Monday August 3rd, weather permitting, Geneva Construction will place the asphalt binder course for the Stage 1 work area. This work is expected to be completed in one day. The will be the first layer of asphalt placed and the final surface course will be placed after the Stage 2 (west side) binder course is completed.
On Tuesday August 4th, traffic control will be switched over to Stage 2. Southbound traffic will then be channelized to the east side of the roadway along S Prairie St. Pirtano Construction will then shift to pavement removal operations to the west side of S Prairie St. Work will be starting for Stage 2 at Laurel and moving to Chestnut in order to have this area completed prior to school start which is scheduled for August 19th. Once this area is completed they will move to the north end of the project at Webster and move south.
Sidewalk construction is expected to begin next week along the east side (Stage 1) of S Prairie Street beginning on Tuesday August 4th.
Status as of July 24, 2020
This week Pirtano Construction completed the earthwork operations for all areas on the east side of Prairie Street. They have completed the existing roadway removal, excavation, and aggregate base construction for the east half of the street. Today, the concrete subcontractor began the layout for the new curb and gutter on the east side of Prairie Street.
Next week the concrete curb will be poured for the east side of Prairie Street from Pine Street to just north of Webster. Pirtano will also begin fine grading the road base along S Prairie in preparation for paving operations. This work will take 2-3 days and weather permitting the first layer of asphalt pavement will be put down on Friday July 31st for the east side lane. Once this paving work is completed, the following week we expect that the contractor will be shifting the traffic pattern so that the southbound vehicles will travel along the east side of Prairie St.
Status as of July 17, 2020
Next week road reconstruction will continue for Stage 1 areas between Cleveland Ave and just north of Webster St. This work includes excavating the east half of Prairie St to remove the existing soils, testing, and then replacement with an engineered stone base with geofabric. Please be aware that there will be temporary closures for these blocks of Prairie Street next week while this work takes place.
Weather permitting the contractor will begin placement of concrete curb and gutter along the east side of Prairie Street. This work is expected to take 2-3 days and is expected to start on Wednesday.
Status as of July 10, 2020
For the week of July 13th, road reconstruction will continue for Stage 1 areas between Chestnut St and Cleveland Ave. This work includes excavating the east half of Prairie St to remove the existing soils, testing, and then replacement with an engineered stone base with geofabric. Please be aware that there will be temporary closures for these blocks of Prairie Street next week while this work takes place. And if you live on the east side of S Prairie in the segment of Prairie Street between Chestnut St and Cleveland Ave you will be blocked out of your driveway temporarily during the day. Temporary gravel access will be constructed to allow access to the homes on the east side of Prairie St. Storm sewer work will also continue from Laurel Street to Webster Street.
Status as of July 2, 2020
Earthwork excavation for pavement construction started this week beginning at Pine Street working north. On Tuesday/Wednesday next week final watermain connections will be made at Laurel St, Cleveland St, and Webster St.
The road reconstruction will continue next week for Stage 1 areas between Pine Street and Chestnut. Please be aware that there will be temporary closures for these blocks of Prairie Street next week while this work takes place. And if you live in the segment of Prairie Street between Pine Street and Chestnut you will likely be blocked out of your driveway temporarily during the day. Driveway access will be restored at the end of the workday.
Status as of June 19, 2020
As of June 19th, Pirtano Construction has finished water service installations south of Laurel Street and connections to the existing watermain at Chestnut and Locust are now complete. Watermain work is being done at Pine Street to disconnect the existing main and begin storm sewer work. Storm sewer work will continue the week of June 22nd. This work will start at Pine Street and go north.
Status as of June 12, 2020
As of June 12th, the contractor is finishing up water main installation on the north end of the project on Prairie Street and is continuing to install water services to homes. The week of June 15th water service installation work will continue south of Laurel and the work is expected to continue thru Tuesday. Starting on Wednesday, the contractor will begin making connections from the new water main to the existing main at Chestnut St, Locust St, and Pine St. Once the water main connections area finished, storm sewer work will begin.
Status as of June 5, 2020
The contractor is continuing to install water main along the east parkway of Prairie Street. As of June 5, new water main piping has been installed to Webster Street. The week of June 8 work will continue with the contractor installing water main valves at Prairie (north of Webster St), Webster St, and Cleveland St both today and on Monday. While this work is taking place crews will be installing the new water services to the houses along Prairie Street, south of Laurel.
Status as of May 29, 2020
The contractor is continuing to install watermain along the east parkway of Prairie Street. As of May 28, watermain piping has been installed to just north of Laurel Street. NICOR has also begun the installation of new gas main along the west parkway. They will be installing new main and new gas services for most houses. If you live along south Prairie St you may expect to hear more from NICOR representatives regarding the changeover to your new gas service.
The week of June 1st construction of the remaining watermain will continue to the north to just south of Wilson Street and NICOR crews will be on-site installing gas main and services.
The City of Batavia Water Department is extremely diligent in making sure your drinking water is safe and our internal policies for testing exceed IEPA mandates for new water main operation. Once all watermain is installed, the Batavia Water Department will be flushing and drawing numerous bacteriological samples of the new watermain. Once all samples receive satisfactory status from the laboratory, new water services will be installed to each house along Prairie St. The contractor will notify you prior to the work and you may have a short disruption to your water service during this time.
Status as of May 22, 2020
The contractor is continuing to install watermain along the east parkway of Prairie Street. As of May 22, watermain piping has been installed to Laurel Street. The contractor will not be working on the Memorial Day holiday. Starting on May 26 the contractor will continue installing watermain lateral connections at side streets including Locust Street and Chestnut. Once this work is completed the contractor will continue construction of the watermain north of Laurel Street on the east parkway. This work will also include directional boring of the watermain just north of Laurel. The contractor will also begin testing and flushing of the newly installed watermain south of Laurel. NICOR will begin relocation work on Wednesday and we expect this work to be completed in the next 4-5 weeks.
Please be aware that Northbound Prairie Street is closed for the duration of the project and the detour signage to Raddant Road and Wilson Street has been posted. Expect delays if driving thru the construction area along Prairie Street and avoid the construction area whenever possible.
Status as of May 15, 2020
The contractor is continuing to install watermain along the east parkway of Prairie Street. As of May 15, watermain piping has been installed to Chestnut Street. For the week of May 18 the contractor will continue north to Laurel Street and then begin installing the fire hydrants, water services, and watermain lateral connections at side streets. Once this work is completed the contractor will begin testing and flushing the watermain.
Work north of Laurel Street has been delayed until NICOR completes gas main relocation in the area. We hope to see this work completed in the next 5-6 weeks.
Please be aware that Northbound Prairie Street is closed for the duration of the project and the detour signage to Raddant Road and Wilson Street has been posted. Expect delays if driving through the construction area along Prairie street and avoid the construction area whenever possible.
Status as of May 08, 2020
The contractor has completed setting up the traffic control with detour signage and closure of the northbound lane on Prairie Street. Please be aware that WESTBOUND Pine Street from Hart Road to Prairie Street has also been closed to thru traffic. Follow the posted detour signage and expect delays if driving thru the construction area along Prairie Street.
Tree removal, trimming, and tree protection fence installation have been completed and storm sewer and watermain materials have been delivered to the site. On May 7, the contractor began the installation of watermain at Pine Street and this work will continue north along the east parkway to Laurel the week of May 11. The contractor will be working on Saturday, May 8, removing sidewalk along the east parkway in preparation for watermain construction. NICOR is expected to be begin relocating existing utilities north of Laurel to Webster in the next 1-2 weeks.
Status as of April 30, 2020
The contractor began setting up traffic control signs, message boards, and erosion control silt fence along Prairie Street this week. On Friday, May 1, the contractor will begin tree trimming and tree removal to allow room for the construction of new watermain and storm sewer. Tree protection fencing will also be installed at this time. Trees in the parkway that are required to be removed are marked with a white painted ‘X’. Please note that the orange tape that is used for marking trees denotes where tree protection fencing is needed.
The week of May 4th the contractor will start the pre-stage work which includes setting up detour signage and closing the northbound lane on Prairie Street, only southbound traffic will be allowed thru the construction area from Wilson Street to Pine Street. Geneva Construction will then begin grinding asphalt along the northbound lane and Pirtano Construction will begin the installation of the new watermain starting near Pine Street.
Status as of April 22, 2020
The pre-construction meeting for this project was held on April 22 and the contractor is expecting to begin preparatory work on Prairie Street starting on Friday, April 24. This work will include the installation of traffic control signs, message boards, erosion control measures, and tree protection fencing. The construction work is not expected to get fully underway until existing utilities are relocated to make room for the new improvements. You can expect to see NICOR workers in the area working on these relocates over the next several weeks.
Resident construction notices and project informational brochures were mailed out this week. A copy of the letter and brochure is provided here:
Status as of March 25, 2020
The Prairie Street Reconstruction (Stage 1) project bids were opened by IDOT on March 6, 2020. IDOT is currently reviewing all the bids and will be awarding the contract in the coming weeks. Currently, the construction is still anticipated to begin in late May early June 2020. Below is a copy of the latest approved design plans for construction.
Please stay tuned to the project webpage for construction updates.
Status as of February 6, 2020
The Phase II Engineering design and plan preparation is nearing completion and Prairie Street Reconstruction is currently scheduled for the March 6, 2020 IDOT letting. Plans are still being finalized and will be posted on the project webpage once they become available.
The Prairie Street reconstruction project is anticipated to take place from late May thru November 2020, weather permitting. Construction will include utility relocations, new storm sewer, watermain, sidewalk, concrete curb and gutter, full depth asphalt replacement, and restoration from Pine Street to the BNSF railroad just south of Wilson Street. Construction will be phased to maintain southbound traffic throughout the majority of the construction duration. Northbound traffic will be detoured.
The City of Batavia has received funding to pay for the majority of the construction and construction engineering of this project. Funding breakdown is as follows:
Local Agency - Batavia
Type of Work
Construction - Roadway
Construction - Engineering
Construction - Watermain
The City will host an open house for this project on Wednesday, May 6th 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.
Status (January 18, 2019)
The Phase I Preliminary Engineering study portion of the Prairie Street Improvements project will be completed very soon. We expect the Preliminary Design Report to be submitted to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) by the end of January at which point the project will move into Phase II Final Engineering Design.
City staff will be discussing the project in detail at the COW meeting on Tuesday, January 29th at 7:00 pm at City Hall. If you are a Batavia resident and would like to provide input on this project, we invite you to attend and encourage you to provide comments before we continue the next phase of the project.
Once the design is completed, we will move into the bidding phase and project construction which is anticipated to begin during Spring/Summer of 2020.
Status (December 5, 2018)
The Public Meeting for the Prairie Street Improvements will take place on December 5, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM 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 with any comments or questions.
This is a summary of Phase I Planning Exhibits that will be available at the meeting.
- Prairie Street – Exhibit Boards (PDF)
- Prairie Street – Proposed Typical Section (PDF)
- Prairie Street – Existing Conditions Exhibit (PDF)
- Prairie Street – Stage 1 Proposed Exhibit (PDF)
- Prairie Street – Stage 2 Proposed Exhibit (PDF)
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 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 to 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.
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 a topographic survey in the area. Residents in the immediate vicinity of the project should have received a notification letter. Traffic counts for the area are also being completed at this time.
Additionally, CMT has submitted an Environmental Survey Request (ESR) to IDOT for review. Copies of ESR exhibits are provided below.