Street resurfacing, storm sewer repairs approved in Homewood

Homewood approved its annual street resurfacing program at its March 12 board meeting.
Streets to be improved this year include Francisco Avenue between 183rd Street and Willow Road; Pierce Court from Loomis Avenue into the cul de sac; Pine Road from Harwood Avenue to Ashland Avenue; Loomis Avenue from 183rd Street to Birch Road; and Kroner Lane from the Melody Mart parking lot to Martin Avenue. 
The Melody Mart and Hickory parking lots will also be resurfaced. The total length of the improvements is just under one mile.
Resurfacing may include patching pavement, curb repairs, drainage structure repairs or adjustments and sidewalk installations to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The project is expected to cost $320,000, for which the Illinois Department of Transportation appropriated motor fuel tax funds.
The board also approved a second measure to resurface 175th Street between Ashland Avenue and Halsted Street. That portion will be paid with $65,000 in motor fuel tax funds and a $113,000 Invest in Cook grant from the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways. 
The village has also been working with DOTH to repair a 24-inch storm sewer on Ashland Avenue between 174th Street and 175th Street. 
Homewood Public Works found manholes for that sewer buried two feet under the road and located a collapse. The sewer drains into Prairie Lakes in the Izaak Walton Preserve, causing frequent flooding. 
Mayor Richard Hofeld met with DOTH Superintendent John Yonan and County Board Commissioner Donna Miller in February, according to village documents. It was agreed that Homewood would hire a contractor to inspect and repair the sewer and the county would reimburse it for the cost. 
Sunset Sewer and Water was awarded the work at $77,271.30. Competitive bidding was waived because the situation was deemed an emergency. 

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