Hawley Street construction project moves forward
Updated: November 5, 2012 5:26PM
MUNDELEIN — The multi-million dollar Hawley Street reconstruction project is about halfway done, as Mundelein officials plan to send the final designs to the Lake County Department of Transportation in coming weeks.
Designs for the three-lane expanded street, between Midlothian Road and Route 45, are finished. The village also is working on plans to expand the adjacent North Shore Bike Path.
Village Administrator John Lobaito said Mundelein still needs to purchase land from some 25 property owners in sections that range from four to 10 feet. Once the land is acquired, Lake County will start its half of the project — bidding and construction.
Assistant Village Administrator Mike Flynn said construction on Hawley Street should start in spring 2013 and continue through 2014.
In the meantime, Mundelein is installing a new pressure-reducing water main along Hawley Street near Mundelein High School. Village engineers coordinated underground work to coincide with the street reconstruction.
The $873,000 Hawley Street installation is the final replacement in an overhaul of all five village water mains. The new mains allow Public Works to divert water anywhere in the village based on need or in the event of a malfunction.
Lobaito said the old Hawley Street water main was troublesome and broke five times in the past two years. The new water main should be installed in six weeks, he said.
Crews experienced a minor setback when a pipeline leading into the high school broke and flooded the parking lot and lawn, causing school to be canceled on Oct. 30.
Lobaito said the building was not damaged but he encouraged the high school to close so the running water could be tested for bacteria after the underground pipes were exposed.