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.
The Village of Tinley Park recently acquired the final parcel of property needed to move forward with construction of Harmony Square, a new multi-use plaza that will be located at the corner of Oak Park Avenue and North Street in Downtown Tinley. See the Harmony Square page for more information.
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.
See below for more information on infrastructure projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
Oak Park Avenue Roadwork
The Village of Tinley Park is working with Iroquois Paving to adjust 18 structures and patch around the ATT manholes along Oak Park Ave between 176th and 167th streets. The project includes adjustments of these structures to grade to improve rideability and eliminate bumps in the road. The project began on Monday, Nov. 13 and is expected to take approximately four days to complete. Drivers are encouraged to watch out for daily lane changes and construction workers.
Pavement Management Program
The annual Pavement Management Program (PMP) includes HMA resurfacing, sidewalk and curb removal and replacement, ADA sidewalk ramp replacement, structure adjustments, parkway restoration and other miscellaneous work. More information is available on the Public Works page.
Project Update [January 2024]: The Village is still finalizing quantities with Iroquois Paving Company. Once finalized, final paperwork will be completed and submitted to IDOT to close out the project.
175th Street Improvements
The Village is finalizing coordination with the Cook County Department of Transportation to reconstruct 175th Street from Oak Park Avenue to approximately 600 feet east of Ridgeland Avenue, Ridgeland Avenue from approximately 600 feet south of 175th Street to Oak Forest Avenue, and the intersection of Ridgeland and Oak Forest avenues to 1,100 feet east of the intersection.
Project Update [January 2024]: The low bidder was confirmed to be Pan-Oceanic Engineering Company. The Village is still awaiting the award of project by Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways.
2023 Sidewalk Flatwork and Curb Program
The Village’s annual Sidewalk Flatwork and Curb Program addresses any required concrete maintenance. The scope of work consists of removal, replacement and construction of new concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter, and driveways at various locations throughout the Village as determined by staff.
Project Update [January 2024]: This Village has completed approximately 85% of the funding for this project. The remaining FY24 funds for this project will be utilized in the spring of 2024 by removing and replacing additional sidewalk trip hazards throughout the Village. Additional sidewalk, curb and flatwork work will be budgeted in the FY25 Budget and that work will begin in April/May of 2024 by Davis Concrete.
Infrastructure Improvement Projects
See below for more information on infrastructure improvement projects occurring in the Village of Tinley Park.
Kimberly Heights Drainage Improvements Project
In March 2024, the Village will begin construction of Phase 1 and 2 of the Kimberly Heights Drainage Improvement Project. This multi-phased project consists of installation of new storm sewer within the right of way for improvements of the drainage conditions in the area. The Village will be working with P.T. Ferro and only will be constructing Phase 1 and 2 of the project as shown below. Residents will start seeing J.U.L.I.E. flags and PT Ferro out verifying the underground utilities in late February and early March 2024. Any areas that have been disturbed will be restored with the project. Please check back for more updates.
80th Avenue Metra Parking Lot Improvements
The Village has contracted with McGill Construction to make parking lot improvements at the 80th Avenue Metra station. Work on the western half of the north parking lot will begin Oct. 2, followed by work on the lot south of Timber Drive on Oct. 16 (weather permitting). Work on both lots will include removal and replacement of the HMA surface course, pavement patching, concrete curb and gutter removal/replacement, structure adjustments, pavement striping, and parkway restoration, as well as incidental and collateral work.
Work on the lot south of Timber Drive also will include sidewalk removal and replacement adjacent to the pay booth at the southwest corner of Timber Drive and Veterans Parkway. This work will begin as soon as the pavement striping has been completed on the north lot. During the first leg of work, the western half of the north parking lot will be closed; commuters who park in this lot will need to park in the east lot or in the lots south of the train tracks. Commuters will still have access to the Kiss ‘n’ Ride adjacent to the west lot. Commuters will be able to park in the north lot once work begins in the lot south of Timber Drive. The contractor will be restriping the Kiss ‘n’ Ride area for the south lot upon completion of the Timber Drive Lot. All work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 30, 2023 (weather permitting).
LED Street Lighting Replacement
The Village of Tinley Park has contracted with Utility Dynamics Corp. to upgrade the street lighting in the Odyssey Club subdivision. The first phase of work will entail the installation of the light pole foundations and underground conduit between the foundations and to the new lighting controllers. This work is scheduled to commence on or about March 13. See the Notice to Residents for more information.
The Village received a Rebuild Illinois grant to improve the Helipad on 183rd Street. In general, improvements will include pavement reconstruction, lighting, fencing, security, gates, etc.
Project Update [January 2024]: IDOT's Aeronautics Division approved the Phase Three contract with Primera, which was approved at the Dec. 19 Village Board meeting. Crowne Industries will be handling the JetA Fuel Tank, and D Construction will be handling the pad improvements. Proposed work is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2024. Airy's was the low bidder for the underground utility improvements in the parkway along the north side of 183rd Street, and they plan to begin work the week of Jan. 8, 2024.
Post 5 Sanitary Lift Station Upgrades
Post 5 (171st Street and 80th Avenue) will be upgraded with new pumps, soft starts, control panels and control building. A back-up generator also will be installed. The existing wetwell will be epoxy-coated, and a secondary wetwell will be constructed for wet weather events.
Project Update [January 2024]: All remaining restoration will be completed in the spring of 2024..
New Water Meter Vault – Greenway Boulevard
As part of the 80th Avenue improvements, the water meter vault needs to be moved to a new location. A new meter vault will be constructed at Greenway Boulevard near John Michael Drive.
Project Update [January 2024]: The contractor has completed the fiber, and water is flowing through the new meter vault. Demolition of the old meter vault is set to begin in early January 2024.
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.
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.
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 [January 2024]: Testing is complete for the 2023 season. The project will resume in the summer of 2024.
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 [January 2024]: This project is complete and closed out with Len Cox & Sons. The Village is still waiting for ComEd to remove the existing light and pole on 173rd Place.
The below projects are not being conducted by the Village of Tinley Park but are included here as a reference for residents.
Traffic Signal Upgrades
The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways will be making upgrades to the traffic signals at 80th Avenue and 167th Street this year. See this flyer for more information.
IDOT Upcoming Projects
See this document for details on upcoming IDOT projects.
80th Avenue Roadway and Bridge Reconstruction
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 [January 2024]: D Construction and Elmund & Nelson have completed the following items: Placed 191st Street into modified Stage Three for winter months; Placed I-80 back into normal lanes for the winter months; Rip rap installed at east side of the culvert; Drove test piles for south side to Union Creek Ditch Bridge; Installed working platform for I-80 Bridge Stage I; Placed Agg Subbase on northbound 80th Avenue on the north side of I-80; Temp signal turned on at 183rd Street and 80th Avenue.
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