Prairie Street Reconstruction

Current Status (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.

Prairie Street Reconstruction Plans

Status (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:

Funding Sources

Federal Funds

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.

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.

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 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.

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 (PDF)

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 to December 2020

Additional Information

For concerns or questions, please email Timothy Grimm, PE or by calling 630-454-2756.