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Two major construction projects nearing finish line in Lombard

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  • Work to reconstruct Finley Road between Charles Lane and Glen Oak Road in Lombard is about two weeks behind schedule but still expected to be completed by mid-November.

       Work to reconstruct Finley Road between Charles Lane and Glen Oak Road in Lombard is about two weeks behind schedule but still expected to be completed by mid-November.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Crews are completely reconstructing Finley Road between Charles Lane and Glen Oak Road in Lombard. In addition to a new road, the village is replacing or repairing water mains, sewers, curbs and gutters and many sidewalks.

       Crews are completely reconstructing Finley Road between Charles Lane and Glen Oak Road in Lombard. In addition to a new road, the village is replacing or repairing water mains, sewers, curbs and gutters and many sidewalks.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
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Two high-profile construction projects in Lombard -- one along Finley Road and the other at Terrace View Pond -- are approaching the finish line and residents can get updates on both during a community forum later this month, village officials said.

Trustee Dan Whittington said he scheduled the meeting for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Corner House, 100 W. St. Charles Road, to give residents who are eager to have both projects completed a chance to get updates and have their questions answered.

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Here's a quick look at where the projects stand:

Finley Road

The second phase of work to reconstruct Finley Road between Charles Lane and Glen Oak Road is about two weeks behind schedule but still expected to be completed by mid-November, Public Works Director Carl Goldsmith said.

The $2,020,551 project runs almost entirely through a residential area and includes a complete reconstruction of the road as well as improvements to underground utilities and drainage, he said. The five-month project started in the middle of May and originally was scheduled for completion by Oct. 25.

The first phase of the project, completed last year, featured similar improvements between Wilson Avenue and Charles Lane.

Crews this year are working to replace all curbs and gutters and most of the sidewalks along Finley between Charles and Glen Oak as well as replacing water mains, installing new cables for lights, and constructing or repairing storm and sanitary sewers. Crews also are replacing residential driveway aprons as part of their work.

Goldsmith said all underground utility work is now complete and paving on the east side of road will be finished soon. Once that work is done, traffic will be switched to the newly paved portion of the road.

The west side of Finley should be completed by early next month, he said, and landscaping work will follow.

In the meantime, motorists are being asked to avoid Finley. Vehicles heading north and south should use Main Street or Edson Avenue; east-west traffic should use Madison Street or St. Charles Road.

The intersection of Finley and Glen Oak remains closed as a result of the construction.

Terrace View Pond

Crews also are working at Terrace View Pond in the northwest corner of the village as part of a project designed to provide additional stormwater storage and reduce flooding in the area.

The $1,315,709 undertaking, which began in June, is expected to be completed in December, Goldsmith said.

The work includes construction of relief sewers along Crystal Avenue that was completed this summer and installation of a pumping station at the pond. Originally scheduled for completion in mid-November, the pumping station work likely will carry into December as crews await the delivery of a control cabinet and the pumps.

The pond is bordered by Crystal Avenue to the north, Park Avenue to the east, Greenfield Avenue on the south and Elizabeth Street on the west.

It's used for a variety of recreational purposes but, equally as important, helps store stormwater for an area that regularly floods. Officials say when work is complete the pond will be able to hold roughly 4,171,000 more gallons of water.

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