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Water Main Replacement On The Agenda In Park Forest

water main replacement planned for 2016-2017 in Park Forest, IL
Water main replacement planned for the 2016-2017 construction season in Park Forest. (Graphic: VOPF)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Water mains are on Park Forest’s agenda for 2016. If the village board passes an engineering services agreement Tuesday night, as expected, residents can look forward to 2016 and 2017 construction seasons dominated by four miles of water main replacement throughout the village.

According to a recent agenda briefing by Director of Public Works/Village Engineer Roderick Ysaguirre, Park Forest “is in the process of finalizing the approval for a 5 million dollar low interest loan from the IEPA for the replacement of 4 miles of water mains, village wide.”

“This project is expected to go out for bids in January 2016 with construction to begin this upcoming spring.” Ysaguirre said in his briefing. “At this time, the project is anticipated to last the entire 2016 construction season and into the 2017 season.”

“The fee for these [engineering] services shall not exceed $329,830 dollars,” Ysaguirre said.

The cost for one mile of water main replacement is roughly $850.000 for construction only, according to Village Manager Tom Mick.  With engineering costs, price can jump to $1M to $1.1M, Mick told ENEWSPF.

“Costs can vary, however,” Mick said, “pending numerous circumstances.”

The item enjoyed minimal discussion at the January 4, 2016 rules meeting of the village board and is scheduled for consideration at the Tuesday, January 19 regular meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday because Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday.