As preparatory work begins for Phase 1 of the City’s downtown streetscape project, contracted crews with Rubino Engineering will be performing some boring/core work in the downtown the week of Jan. 30, 2017.

This work is necessary to locate underground utilities before engineers create design plans for the next phase of the project. Crews will be using a drill rig (similar to the one pictured above) on the pavement in four locations along Front Street, between West Street and Cross Street. This work will produce some noise and minimal dust. This work is projected to take between one and two days with no disruptions to traffic or business downtown.

In December, the Wheaton City Council voted to move forward with work on their downtown streetscape project. Primera Engineering, Ltd. will assist the City with the design and construction management of public improvements on Front Street between West Street and Cross Street.

Primera recently completed survey work on Front Street and will complete design drawings and specifications over the summer. Underground utility work will begin later this fall.

The entire downtown project will take close to five years to complete, bringing together the vision the City Council, City staff, residents and local stakeholders created together. Significant infrastructure improvements will be made to Downtown in this diverse and substantial project, including wayfinding signage, benches, trees, lighting and overall upgrades to the streetscape.

For more information on the City of Wheaton’s Downtown Streetscape Project, see the City’s website at www.wheaton.il.us/DowntownPlan.