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Route 126 Resurfacing Project
IDOT’s contractor has placed leveling binder throughout the project limits to stabilize the pavement and is currently installing the detector loops for the traffic signals and performing pavement patching. Final asphalt surfacing is tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 25; expect long traffic delays along Lockport Street during the paving operation and use alternative routes if possible.
Project Information: IDOT is resurfacing IL Route 126 (Lockport Street) from Wallin Drive to the DuPage River Bridge. Work will be completed using daily lane closures with flaggers, no posted detour will be in place. The scope of the project includes asphalt surface removal, pavement patching, sidewalk curb ramp improvements, a new asphalt surface, and new pavement markings. The project is expected to be completed in August.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Safety Information
On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will impact our area and the Plainfield Fire Protection District is urging everyone to protect their eyesight. It is not safe to view the eclipse without specially designed solar glasses or viewers that have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet ISO 12312-2. This standard requires glasses and viewers to be thousands of times darker than typical sunglasses. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has information to help eclipse watchers determine if their eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers are safe. In addition, NASA recommends that eclipse watchers refer to the AAS’s web site for a list of reputable vendors selling solar glasses and viewers. Additional solar eclipse viewing tips can be found on NASA’s web site. The Police Department encourages drivers and pedestrians to safely view the eclipse. Please do not stop or stand where you or your vehicle will become a traffic hazard.
Hunger Action Month
September is National Hunger Action Month and Plainfield is getting involved by hosting a food drive, in cooperation with the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The food drive will benefit Bags of Hope, a private backpack food program, the Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry, and the St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry.
The Village, C.W. Avery Family Y.M.C.A., Plainfield Park District, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and Plainfield School District 202 will be accepting food drive donations from August 21 through September 22.
The food pantries would appreciate donations of: oatmeal/cereal; canned chicken and tuna; peanut butter and jelly; pasta and pasta sauce; flour/sugar; rice; canned fruits and vegetables; soups/ramen; macaroni & cheese; condiments; and boxed potatoes. Personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste); baby items (diapers, wipes, formula, and food); household cleaning products; and paper products (tissues, toilet paper, paper towel) are also welcomed. More information.
The Plainfield Senior TRIAD will meet on Monday, August 28, at American House Cedarlake. The free program will focus on "The Challenge of Change." For more information, please contact Erin Cook at 815-267-7207 or click here.
2017 Street Improvement Program
This project includes asphalt resurfacing in Wallin Woods (Fairbanks Court, Jolee Court, Dan Patch Drive, Illini Drive, Kingston Street, Lincoln-Way Street, Ingersoll Street, Hamlin Street, & Eyre Circle), Prairie Knoll (Meadow Lane), Dunmoor Estates (Kerr Street, Skyline Drive, & Woods Way), Prairie Ponds (Skyline Drive, Skyline Court South, & Skyline Court North) and Shenandoah (Skyline Drive, Stags Leap Trail, Rockfish Lane, & Northland Drive). Also included in the project will be the removal and replacement of selected areas of concrete sidewalk, installation of new sidewalk, curb and gutter removal and replacement, drainage improvements, and pavement striping.
All concrete work for the project has been completed along with paving in the Wallin Woods subdivision. Landscape restoration near areas of concrete work is currently ongoing. The contractor will begin pavement work in the Shenandoah, Dunmoor Estates, Prairie Knoll, and Prairie Ponds subdivisions on August 11 with final asphalt to be completed the week of August 14th. Pavement marking for the entire project will be initiated once the paving is completed in the remaining subdivisions.
Green Village Program
The 2017 Green Village Series continues on Monday, September 11, at 7 p.m., at the Plainfield Library. Join prairie steward and author Cindy Crosby for a discussion of tallgrass wildflowers, bison in the grasslands, and prairie restoration in Illinois. Cindy’s book, The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction will be available for purchase at a special price for this event. Register online. The Green Village Series is a partnership between the Plainfield Library and the Village to provide the community with environmentally-friendly programs.
Coffee with the Mayor
Join Mayor Collins for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street. All residents are invited. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Village. Residents are encouraged to bring donations for the Hunger Action Month Community Food Drive to Coffee with the Mayor at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street, on Wednesday, September 13, at 9 a.m.
Hunger Action Month Go Orange Day
Thursday, September 14, is Go Orange Day. Residents are encouraged to wear orange, tie an orange ribbon around their lampposts, or change their porch lights to orange to show support for local hunger relief efforts and to spark a conversation about hunger. Go Orange Day photos can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #HungerAction and tagging Northern Illinois Food Bank (@ILFoodBank).
Chat with the Chiefs
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 7 p.m., join Chief Riddle of the Plainfield Fire District, Chief Veseling of the Oswego Fire District, and Chief Konopek of the Plainfield Police Department for Chat with the Chiefs at the Plainfield Fire District Headquarters. Attendees will learn more about the happenings within the Plainfield Fire and Ambulance Departments, the Oswego Fire Department, the Plainfield Police Department, and the Plainfield Emergency Management Agency.
Mark your calendar....the 3rd Annual How-To Fair is scheduled for Saturday, November 4. We will be offering 30 free classes in Downtown Plainfield. Stay tuned for this year's exciting lineup of classes!
Smart Meter Installations
ComEd crews are now installing smart meters at homes and businesses in the area. Installations are performed by a uniformed meter installer with appropriate identification from ComEd or a ComEd-authorized contractor, Corix or MZI Group. A smart meter is a digital electric meter that securely sends energy-usage information to ComEd. Residential customers with smart meters have access to online energy-management tools, high-usage alerts, and weekly reports summarizing daily energy use. This phase of installation is expected to end in early 2018. For more information, visit ComEd.com/SmartMeter.
127th/248th Pedestrian Improvements
This project consists of completing path connections along 127th Street at 248th Avenue and along 127th Street just west of Route 59. Construction crews have completed a majority of the asphalt paving along with the foundations for the new pedestrian traffic signal equipment. The contractor will be coordinating with ComEd the week of June 26th in order to relocate the existing traffic signal electrical feed necessary to construct the proposed retaining wall at the 127th Street/248th Avenue intersection.
127th Street Reconstruction
Work on the new box culvert has been completed and the next major item of work will be the excavation for the new roadway. The project consists of widening 127th Street for dedicated left turn lanes, a painted median, and curb and gutter which will replace the existing ditches. Overall project completion will be in October 2017.
Route 30 Reconstruction (I-55 to IL 59)
The project is nearing completion with the landscaping, stamped concrete median, and miscellaneous areas of sidewalk and shared-use path to be completed. The Village is currently working with IDOT on tentative date for the turn on of the new traffic signals along the project. Please be aware that lanes have been shifted near the Lily Cache Creek Bridge to allow for construction of the new shared-use path and barrier wall on the bridge.
Nicor Pipeline Replacement Project
Nicor is currently working on removing and replacing pipeline near the Riverfront and north of Lockport Street along with completion of bores under the railroad tracks. Please be aware of trucks entering and leaving the ComEd right-of-way and note that sidewalks within work areas may need to be temporarily closed to complete the improvements. For additional information, please click here.
Nicor is also completing a separate pipeline replacement along 135th Street, west of US Route 30. Nicor has informed us that this is a pressure improvement project with most of the work to be completed by the start of school in the fall.
In 2017, the Village Offices will be closed: Monday, September 4 (Labor Day); Friday, November 10 (Veteran's Day Observance); Thursday, November 23-Friday, November 24 (Thanksgiving); and December 25-26 (Christmas).
Refuse Collection Delays
Refuse collection will be delayed due to the following holidays in 2017:
Labor Day (Monday, September 4) - Refuse collection will be delayed by one day all week.
Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 23) - Thursday refuse collection will be delayed by one day and will be picked up on Friday.
Christmas (Monday, December 25) - Refuse collection will be delayed by one day all week.
Yard Waste Pickup
Yard waste collection has resumed. Brush, grass clippings, and leaves should be placed in Kraft yard waste bags, a landscape waste cart, or tied in 4 foot bundles weighing 50 pounds or less. Please note: sod, trees, stumps, dirt, stones, and landscape brick/pavers are not accepted as yard waste.
Now on Display at Village Hall
When visiting Village Hall, be sure to check out the Historical Society's doll exhibit. Many thanks to Sue Hasenyager and the Plainfield Historical Society for setting up and sharing this collection!
Calling All Homeowners Associations
If you are a member of a Homeowners Association Board (HOA) or a management company that represents a local HOA, please e-mail us your contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail address, subdivision, and Board position). That way, we can provide information on meetings for homeowners associations and advance notice regarding work that is scheduled to occur in your subdivision.