Grove Street reconstruction costs increase

The budgeted cost of the Grove Street reconstruction project has increased by $32,000 due to revisions to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Construction Demolition Debris (CCDD) regulations.

The 1,200-foot street will be the first Downers Grove thoroughfare to be resurfaced in permeable pavers. Public Works Director Nan Newlon said the village considers it a demonstration project, which it will monitor over time. There are no plans to install the pavers on other Downers Grove streets.

The August 27 IEPA revisions, which were effective immediately, changed the way soil is classified for disposal in CCDD facilities, according to the village. The revisions require  additional or modified soil testing while reducing the number of CCDD facilities that can accept the material. While the Grove Street soil has been tested and is presumed clean, it’s possible some loads may yet be rejected by the CCDD facilities, according to village e-sheets.

The Village Council last week approved contractor V3 Construction Group’s request for $22,478.58 to offset additional trucking costs plus a 20% contingency recommended by staff.  At $970,000, the V3 bid had come in well under the $991,445 originally budget by the village; the change order plus contingency brings the total estimated cost of the project to slightly over $1 million.

The IEPA revisions also have delayed the project, said Village Manager Dave Fieldman. The majority of the work is now expected to be completed by December, with landscaping in spring 2013.

“This is going to take a project that was under budget and was going to be a model for our community and move it over budget and delay it by 45 days and maybe make it in jeopardy from a weather standpoint, because some unelected folks in Springfield decided to change the rules midstream,” Commissioner Bob Barnett said at the Oct. 16 council meeting.

“I’m sure there’s some reasoning behind that, and I don’t want to make it sound like I don’t appreciate the EPA, because I do…but a year ago it would have been fine just like we were planning to do six months ago,” he said.

The decision to install permeable pavers, which increases the cost of reconstruction by about 60 percent over traditional surfaces, has been criticized by some residents. However, the material offers several advantages, Newlon told the council in July.

The new surface will allow water to pass through, reducing runoff and flooding. In addition, features engineered into the project will trap and remove impurities before the runoff is discharged into St. Joseph Creek, she said.

The pavers also are aesthetically similar to the brick that formerly surfaced Grove Street and will provide a similar traffic-calming effect–which is one reason it is being extended through the Carpenter Street intersection. While the material is more expensive than traditional surfaces, “it’s a very long-lasting and durable product” that is expected to result in life-cycle cost savings, Newlon said.

Both Community High School District 99 and the Downers Grove Park District have used permeable pavers in recent parking lot projects.



3 Responses to “Grove Street reconstruction costs increase”
  1. John Schofield 22 October 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    I assume this means the already-lengthly closing of Carpenter Street will continue for more months. Really, can’t the Village do better about keeping the intersection of Carpenter and Grove open and safely passable in the meantime?

  2. Kent Frederick 12 November 2012 at 12:29 pm #


    You are so right. Considering that the Village repaved Carpenter within the past few years, I don’t see why the reconstrcution of Grove spills over onto the reconstructed portion of Carpenter. All that does is force more traffic onto Main Street.

  3. Martin Tully 14 November 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    We appreciate everyone’s patience during this extended construction project, which we understand has been disruptive. The latest status update is available here: In short, this project is now proceeding well and is scheduled for completion in mid-December. The best news is that Carpenter should be passable again by November 16th.