The Village of Tinley Park has several ongoing or upcoming projects/initiatives occurring in town. See the Current Developments story map or click the picture below for more information on current projects.
Wayfinding Sign Program
The Marketing Department, in coordination with the Marketing and Branding Commission, has been working with KMA on the development of a Village-wide wayfinding sign program. This initiative has included the development and review of the Village's existing sign inventory, the facilitation and analysis of a public survey, research on local and federal regulatory signage requirements and the collection of vehicular traffic counts throughout the community. Update: This project has been deferred until 2023.
Water Meter Replacement
The Village of Tinley Park has hired United Meters, Inc. to replace all Severn-Trent/Elster water meters in town with Sensus iPERL water meters.
Project Update [December 2021]: Water meter installations are 99.9% complete. The Village has sent letters to all non-compliant residents, with some of them responding and scheduling appointments to have meters changed and avoid additional fees. The Village has 20 meters in the "less than one inch" size to replace.
See below for more information on infrastructure projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
Street Resurfacing Program
The annual resurfacing project includes asphalt resurfacing; removal and replacement of selected areas of concrete sidewalk; curb and gutter removal and replacement; pavement striping; and other miscellaneous items. More information is available on the Public Works page.
Project Update [October 2022]: Work is under way for the Village's annual Street Resurfacing Program. For scheduling information and project updates, please see the 2022 Resurfacing Program Update.
175th Street Improvements
The Village is conducting an engineering study for improvements to 175th Street from Oak Park to approximately 600 feet east of Ridgeland Avenue; Ridgeland Avenue from approximately 600 feet south of 175th Street north to Oak Forest Avenue; and Oak Forest Avenue from Ridgeland Avenue to 1100 feet east. Proposed improvements entail total reconstruction of the roadways, including: new curb and gutter, sidewalks, a multi-use path along Ridgeland Avenue, on-street bike lanes along 175th Street, a new drainage system, proposed roadway lighting, and various utility improvements. For this project, the Village is working with the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (CCDOTH). Final design approval is anticipated for summer 2020, with a construction schedule that is to-be-determined and subject to Cook County funding and right of way acquisition.
Project Update [August 2022]: The Village has received, reviewed and approved the updated design IGA for the project. The Village is awaiting approval for construction IGA and proposed bidding timeline from CCDOTH. Village and Cook County staff met onsite to discuss pavement patch locations..
Infrastructure Improvement Projects
See below for more information on water and sewer projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
80th Avenue Metra Station Lot Work
The Village’s contractor will be performing parking lot maintenance work at the 80th Avenue Metra train station parking lot north of Timber Drive (west half) beginning the week of October 31. Sections of the parking lot will be closed during construction. Please be patient around the work zone and obey and traffic signs. Contact the Public Works Department at (708) 444-5500 for any questions or concerns. See this map for more information.
Municipal and Commuter Parking Lot Improvements
The Village’s contractor for the annual Municipal Parking Lot Improvements is expected to begin work the week of September 19. The scope of work generally consists of asphalt pavement resurfacing and any necessary concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter, and driveway replacements. At the 80th Ave Metra station parking lot north of Timber Drive, commuters should expect various sections of the parking lot to be closed during construction. Similarly, the municipal parking lot behind 17200 Oak Park Avenue will also have portions of the parking lot closed during construction.
84th Avenue/179th Street Bike Path Extension
The Village will be extending the bike path between the 183rd Street trail and the 179th Street trail. The estimated construction cost is $210,000. The Village would pay 20% (or $42,000), with the remaining 80% (or $168,000) paid through federal funds. The construction engineering is also grant eligible at 80/20; the Village’s share would be $6,200, and the federal share would be $24,800. The Village will host a public hearing on this project if sufficient resident interest is demonstrated. See the Public Hearing Offer Notice for more information.
LaGrange Road Sewer and Watermain Extension
This project includes the construction of a wastewater lift station, 300 feet of forcemain, 3,100 feet of sanitary sewer and 3,400 feet of watermain along the south side of 179th Street, down the Old LaGrange Road right of way, crossing 183rd Street and connecting to the existing watermain on the west side of White Eagle Drive. The watermain will extend across 179th Street and connect to the existing LaGrange water main.
Project Update [August 2022]: The sanitary sewer and watermain installation, along with services to the Loyola facility, have been completed, tested and approved as per the intergovernmental agreement with Loyola. The contractor continues the installation of these utilities extending south towards 183rd Street. The lift station’s wet well and valve vault have been installed, along with the casing for both the sanitary sewer and water main under 183rd Street.
Hydrant flushing is the quick release of water from fire hydrants. It’s a controlled procedure that is vital to the general maintenance of the Village's water distribution system. It ensures adequate water flow is available to firefighters, residents and businesses. It also helps maintain the Village's water clarity and quality by clearing iron and mineral deposits from the water mains (distribution pipes). The Village begins annual hydrant flushing in mid-September after water restrictions are lifted. Flushing continues until the weather drops below 32 degrees. Flushing restarts in early spring once temperatures allow.
Project Update [May 2022]: Hydrant flushing has been completed for this season and is anticipated to start back up in the fall of 2022.
The hydrant painting program is a multi-year program in which the Village's selected contractor comes to a specific area of town to paint hydrants. The Village has divided the town into multiple sections based on number of hydrants. The contractor sandblasts each hydrant, sprays the hydrant with a primer, and then paints the hydrant yellow. The caps of the fire hydrants are painted a different color based on the water main size. The color coding helps Village staff in the field when there's a water main leak or when other repairs are needed to the water main. The hydrants are also updated into GIS with the date they have been painted.
Project Update [August 2022]: The paint shortage and supply chain issues have delayed the contractor from returning to town and begin painting hydrants. Once paint is available, the contractor will return to start painting..
Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing
The Village's smoke testing project consists of inspecting sanitary sewer manholes and smoke testing the sewer pipes between manholes. The smoke is non-toxic and should not enter homes unless there is an issue with your private sewer service. There is no need for the contractors performing the work to enter homes. See a list of frequently asked questions for more information. Other questions can be directed to Public Works at (708) 444-5500.
Project Update [August 2022]: This project began August 1 and is anticipated to be completed by October 1. Smoke testing will occur from 171st Street to 175th Street between 88th Avenue west to 94th Avenue, and between 159th Street and 167th Street from Oak Park Avenue to a few blocks west of Harlem Avenue.
Sanitary Sewer Lining
The Village has contracted with Benchmark Construction to perform sanitary sewer lining starting near 167th Street and Parliament Avenue, running through McCarthy Park and ending near 170th Street and 80th Avenue. The project will involve cleaning, televising and curing-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining the 18-inch sanitary sewer in the area, and epoxy coating five sanitary sewer manholes. There will be little to no impact on traffic in the area. Work is being done to reduce inflow and infiltration of groundwater into the sanitary sewer system.
174th Street, 66th Court and 173rd Place Roadway Improvements and Water Main Replacement
The Village will replace the existing undersized watermain on 174th Street from Boulevard to 66th Court. The Village also will replace the watermain on 66th Court from 174th Street to South Street, and the watermain on 173rd Place. Street lighting also will be updated with new light poles and cables.
Project Update [November 2022]: The Village’s contractor has completed installing the new underground watermain and storm sewer. Approximately half of the new watermain has passed the necessary testing, and water services have been switched over to the new water main. The contractor will begin switching over the remaining water services shortly. Roadway work on 174th Street as well as trench restorations from the utility work are expected to begin shortly.
Ironwood Drive Watermain Replacement
The Village will replace 1,400 feet of watermain on Ironwood Drive from Tanbark to Woodlawn drives.
Project Update [August 2022]: The contractor has submitted a tentative start date of Aug. 19, with a tentative completion date of Nov. 1.
Dorothy Lane Watermain Replacement
The Village will replace 1,100 feet of watermain on Dorothy Lane from Oketo Avenue to 169th Street, 169th Street from Dorothy Lane to Odell Avenue, and on Odell Avenue from 169th to 170 Streets.
Project Update [August 2022]: The contractor has submitted a tentative start date of Aug. 19, with a tentative completion date of Nov. 1.
The below projects are not being conducted by the Village of Tinley Park but are included here as a reference for residents.
IDOT Upcoming Projects
See this document for details on upcoming IDOT projects.
175th St./Ridgeland Ave./Oak Forest Ave. Reconstruction Project
The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways repaired sections of 175th Street from Oak Park to Ridgeland avenues in October 2019. Work included grinding the road two inches down at spots, followed by paving. These repairs are only temporary fixes intended to improve the condition of the road for the winter.
Project Update [May 2022]: The Village and the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways are still in negotiations on the intergovernmental agreement and Phase III construction oversight of this project. Cook County is awaiting two easements that are currently being processed in court proceedings. Once these are completed, the intergovernmental agreement will be proposed to the Village Board. The plans have been completed by REL.
80th Avenue Widening Project
Will County will perform widening and reconstruction of 80th Avenue from 191st Street to 183rd Street. The project will include constructing additional through lanes and turn lanes; the construction/reconstruction of two 12-foot through lanes in each direction; the construction of an 18-foot barrier median; traffic signal installation/modifications at 185th Street and 183rd Street; construction of noise walls on the northwest corner of the 183rd street intersection; replacement of triple circular culverts with a bridge over Union Drainage Ditch; and replacement of culvert for a tributary to the Union Drainage Ditch. Part of this project includes construction of a 190-foot-long bridge over Union Drainage Ditch. The bridge will include two 12-foot lanes in each direction and a 15-foot multiuse path.
Project Update [August 2022]: D Construction sent submittals to the Village for review and approval. There are a few outstanding items needing clarification before approvals are granted..
Oak Lawn Water Rates/Infrastructure Improvements
The water system infrastructure improvements that Oak Lawn and its engineering firm have been designing are scheduled to be completed in 2023. The new system will have dual, redundant feeds; more modern and efficient pump stations; and significantly larger capacity.
Nicor Gas System Modernization
Nicor Gas and its contractor (NPL) will be modernizing the gas systems in Tinley Park. Read the project newsletter for more information, including project-specific contact information, descriptions of the major steps involved in the project, and what to expect if your property will be directly involved. For other information, visit Nicor's website, call (630) 388-3333 or send an email to G2investinginillinois@southernco.com.
I-80/Ridgeland Avenue Bridge
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has hired Era-Valdivia Contractors to clean and paint the bridge at Interstate 80 and Ridgeland Avenue. The project has a 60 working-day limit and doesn’t include removal of any bridge components. Lanes will only be closed when the contractor is on-site working, and signs will be placed in advance to notify drivers.
Interstate 80 Bridge Work
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is undertaking a $48 million project to replace the eastbound Interstate 80 bridges over Hickory Creek, Richards Street, Rowell Avenue/Canadian National Railroad and westbound over Richards Street, in Joliet, Rockdale and New Lenox. The project is part of advance work leading to the $1.2 billion reconstruction of I-80 through Will County as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program. Read the IDOT news release for more information.
Small Cell Antennas
The Village has approved permits with AT&T and Verizon to install small cell antennas on utility poles in several public right of ways across Tinley Park. The State passed the Illinois Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act in 2018 requiring all municipalities to accept these kinds of installations. The law limits local authority to review and permit small cell antennas, including prohibiting the ability to deny or require any zoning approval. The intent of the law was to allow carriers easier ability to expand cell coverage by limiting local regulations. This is because cell coverage has been viewed as a necessary public utility and public safety need. Additionally, personal and environmental effects of any telecommunication facilities may only be regulated by the FCC and has been federal law since 1996. Tinley Park (along with most Illinois municipalities) opposed the small cell law as an overreach by the State and something that should be allowed to be controlled locally. However, it passed and remains a requirement that the Village cannot deny the permits. The Village has put the strictest regulations allowed in place to ensure these cell antennas blend in as much as possible and don’t detract from the community.
Locations: 8342 W. 163rd Street