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Orland Park street improvements get early OK

Updated: May 11, 2014 8:00AM



Orland Park trustees have given tentative approval for street improvements that will also include testing a product meant to extend the lifespan of pavement.

A village board committee this week voted to recommend approval of a $2.9 million contract with Austin Tyler Construction, of Elwood, to repave streets in the Marley Creek and Breckenridge subdivisions, south of 179th Street and west of Wolf Road, and repave Park Hill Drive.

Other work to be done includes storm sewer improvements along 142nd Street west of LaGrange Road and a sidewalk extension along 183rd Street east of Orland Parkway, where Orland Parkway and 183rd connect.

The contract will require final approval from the village board, which is expected at the board’s April 21 meeting.

Street work will continue, by another contractor hired last year, in the Golfview subdivision, southwest of 151st Street and 82nd Avenue, and a different firm will be testing a pavement lifespan extender in the Sterling Ridge subdivision, west of 108th Avenue and south of 167th Street.

Streets in that subdivision were done just last year, and the test product is meant to be used on new or nearly new pavement, according to Joe La Margo, the village’s public information officer.

The results of the test in Sterling Ridge will determine whether the product will be used elsewhere in the village, he said.

Trustee also gave preliminary approval to Orland Park covering at least the engineering costs of burying utility lines along 159th Street in connection with the state project that will widen the road to four lanes from Ravinia Avenue west to Gougar Road.

The village may pay to bury the lines from LaGrange Road to just west of Wolf Road, which ComEd has said will cost about $4.5 million.

The engineering expense is $450,000. The village board will consider the matter at its April 21 meeting.

Funding the engineering work doesn’t commit the village to paying for the lines being buried, Trustee James Dodge said, adding that “we just don’t have $5 million laying around that doesn’t have a use.”



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