Glenview examines capital projects
Glenview Wednesday, 10/24/12 Village president, Kerry Cummings during Wednesday's budget workshop in Glenview. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 2, 2012 6:08AM
GLENVIEW — The village is set to spend $64 million on village improvements over the next five years, focusing on streets and water.
The 2013-17 major capital projects, including a conditions rating of village streets, were presented to trustees Oct. 24. Next year’s big projects will start with the final phase of testing the storage capacity of new sanitary sewer lines installed east of Harms Road.
The system impacts 1,100 homes between East Lake Street and Central Road.
The village might build added storage if testing shows the current system needed more, said Joe Kenney, director of capital projects.
Also next construction season, reconfiguring the Chestnut/Waukegan Avenue intersection should improve traffic flow around a 15-store strip mall.
Plans will lengthen the east leg of Chestnut Avenue from Waukegan Avenue, making the corner a full four-leg intersection.
Traffic engineers said exiting vehicles tended to stack up at the Chestnut corner because stoplights were not timed concurrently, thus slowing Waukegan Road traffic going north and south.
A village report stated the corner was one of the highest-hazard corners in the village with 67 accidents in 2009-11.
In 2014, previously delayed plans to install a traffic signal at Greenwood Road and East Lake Avenue near Glenbrook South High School and The Glen will begin.
A traffic study showed significant backups in morning rush hours, Kenney said. The signal could again be delayed while rebuilding the Shermer Avenue Bridge that collapsed July Fourth in a train derailment that killed a Glenview couple, he added.
The Chestnut Avenue Bridge over the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River is scheduled in 2014 for expansion to three lanes.
A 2011 test of pavement conditions revealed village roads rated a 77, with 100 being in perfect condition.
On water rates, a proposed $4.90 per 1,000 consumed gallons in 2013 could increase to $6.45 by 2017.
Glenview buys most of its water from Wilmette, which increased the price every odd year, said Lynne Stiefel, Glenview spokeswoman.
“It’s the cost of delivering water, infrastructure and repairs,” she said.