DANVILLE — Next spring, contractors will finish road work in the Lake Boulevard area in north Danville, capping off a storm-sewer project that was started this fall in hopes of halting flooding in the residential area between North Vermilion Street and Lake Vermilion north of Boiling Springs Road.
"For years we've had complaints," said Newell Township Supervisor Jim Wilson of the flooding problems. He said that area, which generally runs downhill to the west from Lowe's and Carmack Car Capitol on North Vermilion to the lake, was developed prior to zoning. Houses were built "wherever," Wilson said, blocking natural waterways so runoff couldn't get to the lake. Water would get trapped in about a four-block low-lying area at Cornell Street, flooding properties and backing up septic systems, he said.
Township Highway Commissioner Tom Golden hired Joe Gleisner Engineering to develop a plan to solve the problem. Wilson said they've been working on a solution for more than three years, and finally this fall, started construction on the improvements that include storm sewers on every corner in the four-block area between West Lake Boulevard and Boiling Springs Road and drainage pipes down the middle of Boiling Springs Road and Cornell Street. Wilson said Central Illinois Tile in Champaign, which won the bid, did the work for $279,000. It was paid out of the township's road district funds.
The crews finished installing all the storm-sewer infrastructure last week, but streets had to be torn up and won't be paved again until spring.
"That way they can settle over the winter," Wilson said.
Also next spring, Danville Township will start a multiyear water main improvement project in the Hillery area west of Danville. According to Township Supervisor Christina Dietzen, the township was awarded $341,000 in Community Development Assistance Program grant funds for the project. The money is distributed by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
The project will replace outdated and undersized water mains in the Hillery area. Aqua Illinois Inc., the privately owned local water utility, will supplement the grant funds and supervise the construction. Vermilion Advantage, Aqua Illinois, the Danville Sanitary District and Dreher Consulting Co. assis- ted in securing the grant funds, according to township officials.
Danville Township Supervisor Christina Dietzen said her township has also been working on this project for some time, working to obtain grant funds to do the work. She said the water lines in the Hillery area have been there for a long time, and these infrastructure improvements will provide new, larger water lines that will improve the quality of the water and the delivery as well, which will also be better for fire protection.
"We've been working on it for a while. This was our second attempt at the grant," she said.