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Project Schedule, Detour Plan and Final Configuration depicted at bottom of page.

Friday, December 5, 2014


This week the landscaping subcontractor was onsite installing seed and blanket west of Elmdale Ave.  Due to cold temperatures, no more sod will be installed this year.

 Next week, the electrical subcontractor is scheduled to begin installation of conduit and wiring for the street lights east of Pickwick Lane.

 Anticipated work to be completed this construction season includes the following:
  • Internal Televising of storm and sanitary sewers.
  • Installation of street lights east of Pickwick Lane.
  • Site clean-up.
Work to be completed in Spring of 2015:
  • Installation of trees and/or bushes.
  • Grading and sod restoration not completed this year.
  • Minor street patching west of Elmdale Avenue on West Lake Avenue and south of West Lake Avenue on Pickwick Lane.
  • Minor concrete sidewalk work.

Friday, November 21, 2014


This week, the electrical subcontractor activated the traffic signals at the intersection of Greenwood Road and West Lake Avenue, which appears to have had a positive effect on traffic flow.  The electrical subcontractor also installed foundations for the street lights located east of Pickwick Lane and near Pfingsten Road on West Lake Avenue.  The landscaping subcontractor continued installation of sod in the early in the week, but due to cold weather their supplier could not get sod late in the week.  Additionally, the fence subcontractor was onsite removing and replacing the fence from the railroad tracks to the east approximately 300 feet.

Next week, the landscaping subcontractor is scheduled to continue sod and seed installation if the weather is suitable.  The electrical subcontractor is scheduled to install conduit and wiring in preparation for the installation of the street lights.  A. Lamp Concrete Contractors will continue to clean up and remove construction signage, debris, and unused material.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Traffic Signals to be Activated. Landscape Restoration On-Going.

Last week, the landscape contractor performed landscape grading, installation of topsoil, and laying of sod. The electrical contractor continued with the installation of the traffic signal equipment.

This week, the traffic signals are scheduled to be turned on and fully operational by the end of the day Monday. There might be some minor delays during the traffic signal start-up as the signal is being tested and optimized for traffic flow.

The electrical contractor is also hoping to excavate and pour the street light foundations for the remaining street lighting along the project site.

The landscape restoration will also continue this week as the sod and grass seed is installed. All landscape restorations will be evaluated in the spring to ensure a healthy stand of grass is established and settled or uneven areas are repaired.

The signing contractor is anticipated to complete the installation of the permanent traffic control signing this week. The temporary construction signing is in the process of being removed as appropriate based on the construction progress. A majority of the temporary construction traffic control devices should be removed by the end of the week.

Also this week, the fence contractor is scheduled to be on-site installing the fence on the south side of West Lake Avenue at designated locations.

One of the major items of work that will be carried over to the spring of 2015 is the installation of parkway trees. Beyond that, it is anticipated only minor punch list items will remain following this construction season.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors completed the remaining asphalt driveways and minor underground utility work.  Additionally, the landscaping subcontractor was onsite installing, grading and pulverizing topsoil.

Next week the landscaping subcontractor is scheduled to continue topsoil installation and begin sod installation.  Additionally, the electrical subcontractor is scheduled to continue work on the traffic signals and street lighting.  A. Lamp is scheduled to continue cleaning up the site and completing various minor operations

Sunday, November 2, 2014

This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors continued grading ditch lines and parkways along West Lake Ave. and Greenwood Rd. in preparation for landscaping.  A. Lamp also poured the remaining concrete driveways, sidewalk and curb on the project on Friday.  The pavement marking subcontractor was onsite installing permanent pavement markings which were completed Monday.  Additionally, the electrical subcontractor was prepping for installation of foundations for streetlights east of Pickwick Lane.

 

Next week A. Lamp is scheduled to complete the remaining asphalt driveway pavement and grading in preparation for landscaping.  The landscaping subcontractor is scheduled to begin installation of topsoil and sod next week.  The electrical subcontractor is scheduled to begin augering for and installing concrete foundations for street lighting east of Pickwick Lane

Friday, October 24, 2014

This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors was pouring concrete for the bike path on the south side of West Lake Avenue in various locations between Pfingsten Road and West Lake Avenue.  Additionally, A. Lamp was installing much of the remaining storm sewer and grading in various locations.  On Thursday the asphalt subcontractor installed prime on the street in preparation for paving, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday.

Next week, A. Lamp Concrete Contractors is scheduled to continue and possibly complete concrete sidewalk and driveways.  The electrical subcontractor is scheduled to begin installation of the traffic signal posts and wiring.  Additionally, the pavement marking subcontractor is scheduled to install the final pavement markings on the new surface course asphalt.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Concrete Sidewalk and Bike Path Nearly Completed

Last week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors poured the majority of the concrete for the sidewalks and bike paths along the south side of the roadway and a few gaps on the north side of the roadway. Approximately 85% of all the concrete sidewalks and bike path have been installed at this point. The contractor also excavated for one of the last remaining portions of sidewalk just east of Elmdale and anticipate pouring the concrete for that portion of the bike path this week. Last week the contractor also installed a majority of the asphalt driveways, including the binder and surface lifts. The asphalt contractor paved the roadway widening along Greenwood Road from the project limits to West Lake Avenue. The electrical contractor continued to install various items associated with the proposed traffic signal including concrete structures and loop detectors.

This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors will continue to work on the concrete sidewalk and bike path, hopefully completing all work associated with those items. A. Lamp is also anticipating to complete the remaining asphalt driveways restorations. The underground crew is anticipated to be on-site to install a few remaining catch basins along West Lake Avenue and culverts along Greenwood Road. The contractor will also begin to excavate for the roadway ditch where no curb & gutter existing and grading the landscaping between the sidewalk or bike path and curb & gutter. If work progresses as anticipated and weather conditions are favorable, the asphalt pavement surface layer should be installed in 1-2 weeks.

Friday, October 10, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors continued excavation for the pavement widening on Greenwood Road and sidewalk on West Lake Avenue and for driveways on West Lake Avenue and Greenwood Road.  A. Lamp also continued framing for the concrete bike path to be installed on the south side of West Lake Avenue and a few other minor locations.  The electrical subcontractor was also onsite this week installing concrete structures required for the traffic signal installation.

Next week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors is scheduled to complete the majority of the sidewalk and bike path with a few gaps in some locations for utility conflicts.  A. Lamp is also scheduled to install asphalt driveways on Saturday of this week and Monday of next week.  The asphalt subcontractor is scheduled to be onsite mid-week to install the asphalt pavement widening on Greenwood Road.  Additionally, the electrical subcontractor is scheduled to be onsite installing the remaining concrete structures and detector loops in the pavement required for the traffic signals and begin re-installation of the street lighting on West Lake Avenue from Pickwick Lane to North Lake Terrace and the two streetlights that were removed east of Pfingsten Road on West Lake Avenue.

Monday, October 6, 2014


Last week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors completed excavation and installed stone in the locations of pavement widening on Greenwood Road.  A. Lamp was also excavating for sidewalk and pouring sidewalk in various locations on West Lake Avenue.  Additionally, A. Lamp’s electrical subcontractor was onsite installing foundations and hand holes for traffic signals.

This A. Lamp is scheduled to continuing pouring sidewalk and bike path on West Lake Avenue for most of the week.  A. Lamp’s asphalt paving subcontractor is scheduled to be onsite installing asphalt pavement widening on both sides of Greenwood Road.  The electrical subcontractor is also scheduled to be onsite next week completing various electrical items associated with the traffic signal installation.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Concrete Work Continues

Last week A. Lamp continued to excavate, install aggregate base, and pour concrete for the bike path, sidewalks, curb & gutter, and driveways in various locations on the project.  A. Lamp also completed the underground utility improvements including structure adjustments, fire hydrant adjustment, and miscellaneous storm sewer work.  The asphalt paving subcontractor, Peter Baker & Sons, was onsite this week installing asphalt pavement at the intersection of West Lake and Greenwood Road as well as at the intersection of Pickwick Lane south and West Lake Avenue.

Next week A. Lamp Contractors will continue to excavate, install aggregate base course, and pour concrete for the bike path, sidewalks, curb & gutters, and driveways. The contractor will also begin excavating and preparing the roadway for the widening of Greenwood Road south of West Lake Avenue and for the extension of Greenwood Road north of West Lake Avenue. The electrical contractor, Elmund Nelson, will be on-site installing the concrete pole foundations and wiring conduit in preparation for the new traffic signals at the intersection. The tree removal subcontractor will be on-site removing the remaining trees scheduled to be removed in conflict with the improvements.

Monday, September 22, 2014


Last week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors was installing concrete bikepath, sidewalk, curb & gutter, and driveway pavement in various locations on West Lake Avenue from Pfingsten Road to North Lake Terrace.  In addition, A. Lamp was removing pavement, excavating, and installing the new stone road base.

This week A. Lamp will continue to pour concrete bikepath, sidewalk, curb & gutter, and driveway pavement in various locations on the project.  A. Lamp will also have an underground crew onsite completing the remaining underground utilities including structure adjustments, fire hydrant adjustment and miscellaneous storm sewer work.  Additionally, A. Lamp’s asphalt subcontractor will be onsite this week installing asphalt pavement on Greenwood Road (including the intersection of West Lake) and on Pickwick Lane south of West Lake Avenue
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Friday, September 12, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors completed the installation of curb and gutter associated with the roadway on the north side of West Lake Avenue.  A. Lamp also completed prepping of the stone base course in preparation for paving.  On Friday and Saturday, A. Lamp’s asphalt subcontractor was installing the asphalt binder course on the north side of West Lake Avenue. 

Next week A. Lamp is scheduled to continue miscellaneous concrete work on the project.  This will include concrete driveway curbs, sidewalks, and roadway curb and gutter that was previously gapped.
 
Due to conflicts with some existing utilities, work in certain locations may be delayed until the utility companies relocated their facilities.

Friday, September 5, 2014

This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors completed earth excavation on the north side of West Lake Avenue in preparation for roadway construction.  Additionally, this week A. Lamp began installation of the concrete curb and gutter along the north side of West Lake Avenue from approximately 150’ west of North Lake Terrace to Pickwick Lane.  A. Lamp’s electrical subcontractor was also onsite this week installing electrical conduit for the traffic signals.

 

Next week, A. Lamp Concrete Contractors is scheduled to complete the majority of the concrete curb and gutter on the north side of West Lake Avenue, begin prepping for asphalt paving, and continue working on miscellaneous concrete work around the project.  Mid-week A. Lamp’s asphalt contractor is scheduled to pave two of the three layers of asphalt on the north side of West Lake Avenue. “

Friday, August 29, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors was removing existing concrete base course pavement, existing sidewalk and existing concrete curb on the north side of West Lake Avenue.  A. Lamp also began excavation of the roadway on the north side of West Lake Avenue from the east end of the project.

Next week A. Lamp is scheduled to continue excavation of the roadway on the north side of West Lake Avenue from 3120 West Lake Avenue to 3340 West Lake Avenue.  Additionally, on Friday September 5, 2014  A. Lamp is scheduled to install curb and gutter on the north side of West Lake Avenue.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Last week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors was removing pavement, excavating soil, and installing stone base course on the south side of West Lake Ave. from Greenwood Rd. west to the end of the proposed new curb. A. Lamp installed curb and gutter on the south side of West Lake Ave. from east of Pickwick Lane to approximately 250' east of Elmdale Avenue.  Also, A. Lamp's asphalt subcontractor, Peter Baker & Son, was installing two layers of asphalt binder course on the south half of West Lake Ave.  Additionally, A. Lamp's electrical subcontractor began to install conduit for traffic signal.  Some utility conflicts remain which may cause construction to temporarily leave gaps in curb, sidewalk, paving, etc.

This week A. Lamp is scheduled to begin removal of existing asphalt and soil on the north side of West Lake Ave."

Friday, August 15, 2014

This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors completed installation of all storm sewers within the roadway limits on West Lake Avenue.  A. Lamp also continued survey work associated with the roadway excavation.  A. Lamp’s crews also began removal of existing pavement and excavation for the new roadway and curb.  The traffic pattern was reconfigured this week to allow one way westbound traffic only until August 23 (for additional information on this, please see the previous blog post).

 

Next week, A. Lamp is scheduled to continue excavation of the roadway, installation of the roadway stone base, and installation of curb and gutter.  Traffic will remain one way west bound for the remainder of next week.  Traffic delays should be expected during this work.

 

Please be reminded that the detour was put into effect to re-route regional traffic away from the construction site.  Any traffic that is not going to or from a business or residence within the project limits should use the detour to avoid lengthy delays.

Monday, August 11, 2014

TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE


Last week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors continued storm sewer lateral installation on West Lake Avenue in various locations.  A. Lamp also began survey work associated with the roadway excavation.  The electrical subcontractor was also onsite last week to discuss traffic signal work to begin soon.

This week, A. Lamp is scheduled to begin excavation of the roadway starting at the east end of the project.  This will include removal of the remain asphalt roadway.  Heavy traffic delays should be expected during this work.  Minor underground utility work will take place this week.

Please be reminded that the detour was put into effect to re-route regional traffic away from the construction site.  Any traffic that is not going to or from a business or residence within the project limits should use the detour to avoid lengthy delays.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors completed storm sewer main line installation on West Lake Avenue from Greenwood Road west to the railroad tracks.  After completion of storm sewer main line, A. Lamp began storm sewer lateral installation from Pickwick Lane to Greenwood Rd.

Next week, A. Lamp is scheduled to continue storm sewer laterals on West Lake Avenue from Greenwood Rd. towards the railroad tracks, which will include work in multiple locations per day.  Additionally, A. Lamp's electrical subcontractor is scheduled to begin work associated with traffic signals.

During work this week traffic was restricted to 1 lane during working hours, which will be a common procedure for this project.  The detour was put into effect to re-route regional traffic away from the construction site.  For the remainder of the project, the site will be closed to thru traffic and local traffic should expect delays.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors continued storm sewer installation on West Lake Avenue from Greenwood Road west to the railroad tracks.

Next week, A. Lamp is scheduled to begin storm sewer laterals on West Lake Avenue, which will include work in multiple locations per day.  Additionally, next week A. Lamp will continue survey work in various locations onsite in preparation for roadway work. 

During work this week traffic was restricted to 1 lane during working hours, which will be a common procedure for this project.  The detour was put into effect to re-route regional traffic away from the construction site.  For the remainder of the project, the site will be closed to thru traffic and local traffic should expect delays.

Friday, July 11, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors continued storm sewer installation on West Lake Avenue from Pickwick Lane west to Greenwood Road.

Next week, A. Lamp is scheduled to continue storm sewer on West Lake Avenue from Greenwood Road to the west. Longer traffic delays are expected when work occurs in the intersection.

During work this week traffic was restricted to 1 lane during working hours, which will be a common procedure for this project.  The detour was put into effect to re-route regional traffic (traffic that is just passing through this area) away from the construction site.  For the remainder of the project, the site will be closed to thru traffic and local traffic (traffic that has destination points within the project area) should expect delays."

Thursday, July 3, 2014

This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors continued storm sewer installation on West Lake Avenue from Pickwick Lane to the east.

Next week, A. Lamp is scheduled to continue storm sewer on West Lake Avenue from Pickwick Lane to the west.  

During work this week traffic was restricted to 1 lane at a time, which will continue to be a common procedure for this project.  The detour was put into effect to re-route regional traffic away from the construction site.  For the remainder of the project, the site will be closed to thru traffic and local traffic should expect delays.

Friday, June 27, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors' roadway crew shifted traffic and began to utilize the temporary pavement on the south side of West  Lake Avenue between Greenwood Road and North Lake Terrace.  A. Lamp then began pavement removal in the existing westbound lane of West Lake Avenue from Greenwood Road to approximately 200 feet west of North Lake Terrace. 

A. Lamp also had their storm sewer crew onsite again this week completing storm sewer installation on West Lake Avenue west of the railroad tracks. After completing the storm sewer west of the railroad tracks the crew relocated to the east end of the project and began storm sewer installation on West Lake Avenue between North Lake Terrace and Pickwick Lane.

Next week, A. Lamp is scheduled to continue storm sewer installation from Pickwick Lane to the west.
 
As a reminder, West Lake Avenue is closed to thru traffic.  Local access will always have access to businesses and residences within the project limits, but please expect delays.  All regional traffic should use the posted detour.  Thank you for your patience during the construction.

Friday, June 20, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors installed the temporary asphalt pavement as needed to accommodate the new traffic pattern for storm sewer installation on the east side of the project.  On Wednesday A. Lamp mobilized a storm sewer crew on the west end of the project.  Thursday the storm sewer crew began installation of storm sewer west of the railroad tracks.  On Friday the crew relocated an existing fire hydrant and continued storm sewer installation.

Next week A. Lamp is scheduled to continue storm sewer installation at the west end of the project Monday through Wednesday and then they will relocate to the east end of the project to install storm sewer on Thursday and Friday.  Additionally, next week, Monday A. Lamp will re-stripe the roadway to reflect a new traffic pattern utilizing the temporary pavement. Tuesday they will be grinding asphalt at the east end of the job over the proposed storm sewer trench."

Friday, June 13, 2014

This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors continued survey and construction layout onsite.  Additionally, A. Lamp began removal of the existing sidewalk from Pickwick Avenue (south side of West Lake Ave) to the east approximately 200 feet and also began earth excavation for the temporary pavement to be installed on the south side of West Lake Avenue from Greenwood Road to approximately 200 feet east of Pickwick Avenue.  During this work traffic was restricted to 1 lane at a time, which will be a common procedure for this project.  The detour was put into effect on Friday to re-route regional traffic away from the construction site.  For the remainder of the project, the site will be closed to thru traffic and local traffic should expect delays.

 

Next week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors is scheduled to begin installation of temporary asphalt pavement on Monday in those locations excavated this week.  On Tuesday, the crews will begin establishing a traffic pattern which includes the use of the temporary pavement.  Wednesday thru Friday A. Lamp is scheduled to begin storm sewer installation, which will take place from the railroad tracks to the west approximately 500 feet.

Friday, June 6, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors was onsite continuing preliminary work including temporary fence removal and survey work.

Next week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors will be onsite performing various operations in preparation for storm sewer work.  This will include installation of erosion control measures, existing fence removal, curb and sidewalk removal needed for temporary pavement installation, and temporary pavement installation along the south side of West Lake Ave. from Greenwood Rd. to the east of Pickwick Ln. 

The week of June 9 it is anticipated that storm sewer work will begin on West Lake Avenue west of the railroad tracks with A. Lamp.  For this work to take place the detour will be going into effect late next week.  Please note, when the detour goes into effect West Lake Avenue and Greenwood Road will be closed to thru traffic.  Local traffic will be able to access their residences or businesses, but please expect delays.”

Friday, May 30, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors’ tree removal subcontractor was onsite removing trees until Thursday.  The tree removal subcontractor will be back later in the project to remove the remainder of the trees that are not currently in conflict with the proposed work.

Next week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors will be onsite performing various operations in preparation for storm sewer work.  This will include installation of erosion control measures, existing fence removal, curb and sidewalk removal needed for temporary pavement installation, and temporary pavement installation along the south side of West Lake Ave. from Greenwood Rd. to the east of Pickwick Ln., and on the north side of West Lake Ave. from Elmdale to the west approximately 300 feet.

The week of June 9 it is anticipated that storm sewer work will begin west of the railroad tracks with A. Lamp installing pipe on the south side of the road.  For this work to take place the detour may be going into effect late next week or early in the week of June 9.  Please note, when the detour goes into effect West Lake Avenue and Greenwood Road will be closed to thru traffic.  Local traffic will be able to access their residences or businesses, but please expect delays

Friday, May 23, 2014

This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors continued preliminary operations for the project.  Nicor Gas’s subcontractor continued gas main relocation in various locations this week.

 

Next week, A. Lamp Concrete Contractors is scheduled to begin sawcutting the pavement in preparation for underground utility work.  Additionally, the tree removal subcontractor will be onsite to begin tree removal on West Lake Avenue.

 

The current schedule shows the detour route for regional traffic going into effect after the Memorial Day weekend.  Please note, when the detour goes into effect West Lake Avenue and Greenwood Road will be closed to thru traffic.  Local traffic will be able to access their residences or businesses, but please expect delays.

Friday, May 16, 2014


This week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors began preliminary work on the project.  This included survey work throughout the week and streetlight removal by their electrical subcontractor on Friday.  Nicor Gas’s subcontractor (NPL) continued gas main relocation this week with operation on Greenwood Road and West Lake Avenue (east of Greenwood Rd.).

Next week A. Lamp Concrete Contractors is scheduled to continue preliminary operations for the project.  This will include onsite meetings to discuss affected areas of work and potentially tree removal later in the week.  Nicor Gas’s subcontractor will continue gas main relocation in various locations next week.

The current schedule shows the detour route for regional traffic going into effect after the Memorial Day weekend.  Please note, when the detour goes into effect West Lake Avenue and Greenwood Road will be closed to thru traffic.  Local traffic will be able to access their residences or businesses, but please expect delays.”

Thursday, May 1, 2014


On April 18, 2014 A. Lamp Concrete Contractors began installation of traffic control associated with the West Lake Avenue and Greenwood Road intersection improvements project.  The detour signage is currently covered until the contract is to begin.  The detour is intended to divert regional traffic around this area and reduce congestion in the construction zone.  Local traffic will have access thru the area at all times, however during the hours of 9 am to 3 pm the contractor may reduce the roadway down to one lane with flaggers.  Due to numerous public utility conflicts, A. Lamp Concrete Contractors does not plan to start until the week of May 12 at which time they will begin with tree removals and erosion control measures.  The project completion date is Oct 17, 2014.

Starting a few weeks ago Nicor Gas, ComEd and AT&T began utility relocations on West Lake Avenue and Greenwood Roda in preparation for the intersection improvements project.  These utility companies will continue relocations onsite for 6-8 weeks.