MAHOMET — Traffic in a portion of the village will be rerouted this spring and possibly all summer as Sunny Acres Road gets a face-lift.
Weather permitting, the construction will begin Monday.
“It’s in pretty bad shape,” Village of Mahomet engineer Ellen Hedrick said. “People are eager to see this done.
“There’ll be access to all side streets at all times,” she added.
The work to replace the pavement is scheduled for completion Aug. 1.
Those who don’t live along or off of Sunny Acres are asked to take other roads to limit traffic while construction is underway. Sunny Acres Road from South Mahomet Road to Oak Street (U.S. 150) will be the focus of the repaving work.
According to Hedrick, on March 12, village staff attended the preconstruction conference in Paris with Illinois Department of Transportation staff and personnel from Beniach Construction, the general contractor on the project. Federal funding is covering the cost at $800,000, down from an original estimate of $1 million, Hedrick noted.
While the work is done, a detour will be set up directing traffic to take South Mahomet Road to Illinois 47 to U.S. 150 or vice versa. The contractor will have access and use the area to complete this work, but no other traffic except emergency vehicles may enter that portion of the road.
As early as the week of April 8, work north of the tracks may begin, Hedrick said. That work will be done with flaggers directing traffic, and all lanes will be opened again at the end of the day. The contractor will be working on the west side of the road extending and replacing culverts, doing ditch work and placing shoulder stone. This is in preparation of being able to replace the northbound (east) lane of the pavement.
For those who live along Sunny Acres and have entrance culverts being replaced, workers will make driveways accessible by placing temporary aggregate for residents to drive on. The contractor’s superintendent and the village engineer will contact homeowners and keep residents apprised of the plans, Hedrick wrote in a press release detailing the project.
When the paving south of the tracks is completed, another detour will be set up for Sunny Acres north of the tracks. Traffic will be one lane, one way with the direction of traffic being the opposite as the direction in the original lane.
Most residents already understand that Sunny Acres Road will be closed to through traffic during the project, according to Hedrick. This is necessary in order to minimize the amount of local traffic that will be on the road while the contractor is trying to work in a narrow space, she said.
“Basically, if only the residents that need the road to get to their homes use it, that will be our ideal condition. Sunny Acres is the only means of access for 52 homes. Residents on Pin Oak Drive and Oak Creek Circle have alternate access, as all side streets will always remain open to traffic,” Hedrick wrote.
The entrance to Fittek will always be open to traffic, but traffic will be complicated at the north end of Sunny Acres, and the village is asking everyone to use caution and patience.
“We will do our best to keep the inconveniences of this construction to a minimum,” Hedrick wrote.
Oak Creek Road will be part of the detour for Sunny Acres Road north of the tracks. Oak Creek Road will be open to two-way traffic as always. There will be an increase in traffic on Oak Creek Road, but the broken pavement on Oak Creek Road between Sunny Acres Road and Cross Creek will be replaced before the summer is over, according to Hedrick.
Residents who have their driveways and mailboxes on Sunny Acres Road will be contacted directly by door hanger, flier or email when the construction gets ready to start in front of their homes, the village engineer noted. The contractor will remove mailboxes and reset them when the road is reopened. Residents will have to store their mailboxes until they are ready to be re-erected.
There will be temporary mailboxes set up at Oak Creek Road and Sunny Acres Road for the residents on the east side of the road and at Maple Tree Lane for the residents on the west side of the road while Sunny Acres north of the tracks is under construction., Hedrick noted.