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What is the village doing with this storm infrastructure project?
The village is building a separated storm sewer system designed to help relieve the flooding problems that have plagued the village for decades.

Why is the village building a separated storm sewer system?
The village is building the new storm sewer because it was recommended by engineers as the most effective way to help relieve the chronic flooding problems throughout the village.

Why is Cumberland Avenue, Roslyn Road, and Melrose Avenue the first streets being done?
Cumberland, Roslyn, and Melrose are being done first because engineering studies have indicated that these streets will bring the best relief to the area most quickly and that even streets that are not being constructed will see benefits from this project.

Will this project stop all of the flooding?
While the system is designed to relieve the flooding problems, there is no guarantee that future flooding will not occur. However, the project has been designed to keep storm water within the confines of the curbs and the parkways to the greatest extent possible.

Is green infrastructure really necessary?
Green infrastructure is a very important component to the success of the project. Green infrastructure is necessary if the village hopes to be able to release storm water to Lake Michigan.

Is the green infrastructure more expensive than regular streets?
Yes. While green infrastructure is more expensive than traditional street design, the benefits to the environment are significant. Additionally, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is participating in this project and are covering a majority of the costs associated with green infrastructure.

How will the project be funded?
The project will be funded from bonds that the village issued in 2012 for this project. Additionally, the MWRD is participating with funding of the project in the amount of nearly $1 million.

How long will the project take to be completed?
The project is anticipated to take at least one construction season and the total duration of the project will not be known until bids for the project are formally received.

How will I get deliveries to my home?
During the majority of the time the project is taking place, there will be full access to your home. However, during short periods of time in which the street in front of your home is not easily accessible, the village will make arrangements for delivery services to have access to homes.

How will the trash be picked up?
The village will work closely with Republic Services during the course of the project to ensure that refuse and recycling services are not disrupted.

How will the fire department get to my home?
During the majority of the time the project is in place, full access will be available to your street during construction. However, during those times when it may be necessary to completely close the roadway in front of your home, provisions will be made to ensure that the fire department will have access to all homes within the project area.

Will I be able to use my driveway during construction?
Yes, you will be able to use your driveway during a majority of the construction period. However, during a brief time when the curbing and driveway aprons are being worked on, it will be necessary to limit access to your driveway. You will receive notice before this occurs and the village will work to ensure that the inconvenience is as minor as possible.

Where can I view the plans for the project?
The plans for the project are available on both the village website and on the project website, KW2023.com. To view the most recent copy of the draft plans, please click HERE.

Are there any other streets planned to be done as part of this project?
Yes, the village has plans to do additional streets if funding is available. For example, the first phase of funding included costs associated with the design of Raleigh Avenue as the next street considered for construction.

Does the village have a plan to do the next phase of the project?
Yes, the village has plans to do additional streets and the next phase of the project is currently under discussion.

Why isn’t the village building a traditional sewer system?
There have been many improvements and changes in technology since the concept of the traditional storm sewer system was created. Therefore, the village is utilizing current best management practices to design its storm sewer system. Additionally, the use of current technology will help the village improve the quality of storm water in the neighborhood and benefit the environment.

Can’t this problem be resolved if everyone put in their own hung sewer?
Unfortunately, the problem cannot be resolved only by dealing with people’s basements. Due to the volume of storm water in the sanitary sewer system, if a separate storm sewer is not constructed, sewage will continue to back up onto the streets and flow uncontrolled into Lake Michigan during periods of heavy rain.

Will the new sewer still be connected to the MWRD?
There are plans to keep the new storm sewer connected to the MWRD system for a period of time. The initial plan is to reconnect to the MWRD system with backflow prevention and then continue pursuit of permission to release the village’s storm water to Lake Michigan.

Is the village still planning an outfall to Lake Michigan?
Yes, the village is still planning to release storm water to Lake Michigan and the Village has plans continue pursuing the permit process.

What is the village doing to ensure that the MWRD system does not surcharge into our storm sewers?
The village has plans to install backflow prevention devices on the connections with the MWRD system to ensure that the system does not surcharge into our new storm sewers or the sanitary system within the project area.

Should I replace my water service line during this project?
Now is a good time to consider replacing your water service line if it has not been done previously. If you have questions about the age or type of water service line for your property, please contact the Public Works department at 847-251-9210.

Should I replace my sanitary sewer line during this project?
Yes, now is a good time to consider reviewing the condition of your sanitary sewer line and possibly either lining or replacing the sanitary sewer before the project is complete.

What is the village doing to protect the parkway trees?
The village has been working with a certified arborist to ensure that the plans intended for Cumberland, Roslyn, and Melrose are cognizant of the needs of the mature parkway trees. Additionally, the village will be requiring that a certified arborist will be involved wherever significant trees are being worked on during this project.

Will the village be planting more trees?
Yes, the village has plans to plant more parkway trees as part of this project.

What are porous parkways?
Porous parkways are the typical grassy parkway with an engineered soil underneath the turf grass. The engineered soil is designed to drain quickly and allow water to pass through it and flow into the new storm water system.

Why is the village taking out the carriage walks?
The village is removing carriage walks when the parkway is part of this project while the parkways and new roadways are being worked on. Residents wishing to reinstall their carriage walks may contact the village for review of plans for reinstallation.

Can I reinstall my carriage walk?
Yes, you may be able to reinstall your carriage walk. Please contact the Community Development department at 847-251-1666 Ext.2 to learn more about the process or achieving approval for the carriage walk.

What should I do with my parkway sprinkler system?
The village will be sending out notices to residents within the affected project area in advance regarding sprinkler systems. It is recommended that you ask your sprinkler maintenance company to disconnect your parkway system in advance of the project and flag existing pipes within the parkway.

Will water stagnate in the new porous parkways?
Water will not stagnate in the new porous parkway. The village has designed the parkways to drain in 24 hours after the end of each rainstorm.

Will the porous parkways cause mosquitos?
No, the porous parkways will not cause any increase in the presence of mosquitoes in the neighborhood.

Will the porous parkways require special maintenance?
No, the new porous parkways will be substantially similar to the turf grass which you are accustomed to and will not require any special maintenance.

Will people getting out of their cars on the curb side step into deep pools of water?
The porous parkways are not intended to have standing water for long periods of time. The porous parkways have been designed to drain within 24 hours of the end of a rain event. Additionally. the curbside has been planned with a level area for the convenience of pedestrians.

How deep is the porous parkway?
The porous parkway will have a center low spot that is generally no more than 12 inches in depth from the top of the curb.

Am I able to mow the parkways like I used to?
Yes, there should be very little change in the way in which you maintain your parkway.

Will the village be improving the street lights as part of this project?
Yes, the village plans on installing new streetlight poles matching the prior design as well as the traditional streetlights in your neighborhood.

Will I get a new driveway apron?
Yes, the village will be replacing a number of driveway aprons during the project. To see if your driveway apron is involved, please either review the plans the plans available on the website or contact village administration at 847-251-1666 ext. 1.

How deep is the village digging the new road?
The new gravel layer underneath the roadways will be approximately 24 inches in depth.

Will we have new curbs?
Yes, new curbs are planned within the project area and they are an important component of the complete storm water management system.

Why is the village using porous asphalt?
The village examined a number of options regarding porous roadways. In the end, after hearing resident concerns about permeable pavers, the village decided to go with porous asphalt as the recommended road surface.

What happened to the idea of permeable pavers?
Permeable pavers were found to have the lowest life cycle cost. However, residents expressed concern over the appearance and potential noise of permeable pavers. Therefore, the village changed plans and selected porous asphalt as an alternative.

Is the village doing anything special with the walkways?
The village is replacing a number of sidewalks in spaces where they formally curved around trees that are no longer in existence. Additionally, new ADA detectible strips will be positioned at each intersection as required by law.

Does the porous asphalt require any special maintenance?
Porous asphalt is very similar in its maintenance needs to a traditional roadway. However, both the village and residents will need to be mindful of not placing any debris on the new porous asphalt roadways, including grass clippings, leaves, etc. The village will be conducting periodic vacuuming and sweeping of the roadways as it does with other portions of the village.

What improvements will be part of the first phase of the expected three-phase Kenilworth 2023 Infrastructure Program?
Water System Construction: Roger and West Loop (Roger Road, Brier Street, Melrose Avenue) –  This water system upgrade project consists of replacing existing 6 and 8 inch water main with a new 12 inch water main including new valves, hydrants, fittings, approximately 85 water services, and trench restoration. The project limits include:

Roger Avenue: from the existing elevated tank at Exmoor Road to Ridge Road, approximately 850 lineal feet.
Melrose Avenue: from Brier Street to the alley west of Green Bay Road, approximately 1,200 lineal feet.
Brier Street: from Melrose Avenue to Roger Avenue, approximately 800 lineal feet.

How is this project being funded?

At the January 2013 Village Board meeting, the Kenilworth Board of Trustees unanimously approved an ordinance placing a public question on the ballot for the 2013 General Election to authorize selling bonds not to exceed $9.75 million. This bond is intended to implement the first phase of a plan to address necessary repairs to our sewer, water and roadway infrastructure.

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, Kenilworth residents approved the referendum.

What is a Combined Sewer System?

A combined sewer is a type of sewer system that collects sanitary sewage  and stormwater runoff   in a single pipe system. Combined sewers can cause serious water pollution problems due to combined sewer overflows (CSO), which are caused by large variations in flow between dry and wet weather. This type of sewer design is no longer used in building new communities, but many older cities continue to operate combined sewers

What are Best Management Practices (BMPs)?

Stormwater management BMPs are control measures taken to mitigate changes to both quantity and quality of urban runoff caused through changes to land use.  Generally BMPs focus on water quality problems caused by increased impervious surfaces from land development. BMPs are designed to reduce stormwater volume, peak flows, and/or nonpoint source pollution.   The menu of BMPs is based on the Stormwater Phase II Rule’s six minimum control measures and is regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Who can I contact for additional information?
For additional information regarding the project, please contact village hall at 847-251-1666.  Also, please sign up to receive regular project updates.