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Since 2010, the Village has been conducting a multi-phased project to replace the Oak Street Bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad lines. The three phases involved in the project include:

• Phase 1: Environmental Assessment/Preliminary Engineering (COMPLETE) 15-18 months
• Phase 2: Design Engineering (COMPLETE) 12-24 months
• Phase 3: Construction (COMPLETE) 10-18 months


The Village has coordinated funding for all phases of the bridge replacement from Federal and State sources. 

In Phase 1, the Village received input from project "stake holders" (including residents, BNSF, IDOT and FHWA), weighed critical design alternatives against cost estimates, studied environmental impacts, identified a preferred alternative, and prepared preliminary engineering documents. Phase 1 is complete.

During Phase 2, a design team lead by HR Green, Inc. developed bid documents for the preliminary design identified and approved in Phase 1. Phase 2 was concluded with the IDOT bid opening on March 6, 2015. Kenny Construction was the lowest bidder.

Phase 3 began in March 2015 with Kenny Construction as the general contractor and HR Green as the Village's engineering consultant conducting resident engineering.  Substantial completion (Oak Stret re-opened for traffic) occurred on December 1, 2015 on schedule.  Kenny Construction complete the project (install fencing, final landscaping and restoration, etc.) in the summer of 2016.