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Asphalt and Concrete Projects and Funding Since FY 2014

At the March 18, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting, City Manager Tim Gleason and Director of Public Works Jim Karch gave a presentation highlighting asphalt and concrete projects and funding since FY 2014. Click here to view the presentation or watch the meeting video below.


 
Pavement Preservation Program
Click here to view the Pavement Preservation Maps for 2018. These maps show the streets that will be treated under the current contract. Reclamite preservative treatment will be applied in early to mid October as weather permits. Temporary 'No Parking' signs will be placed in the blocks to be done prior to treatment. Click here to view the city council presentation, which is also shown in the four-minute video below.

 

More Information on Reclamite: An applicator truck sprays the reclamite on the asphalt surface. The material penetrates into the asphalt and changes color in about 15-30 minutes depending on temperature and other factors. A light coating of sand is then applied to absorb any material left-over and reduce tracking of the material. One half of the road will remain open during treatment.

Reclamite is an emulsion made up of specific petroleum oils and resins. It penetrates into the top layer of asphalt pavement and brings the Maltene and Asphaltene ratio back to a proper balance. The rejuvenating process keeps the pavement flexible, so both cracking and road fatigue are reduced. It also seals the pavement from air and water, slowing the oxidation process and reducing the loss of small aggregate. This type of treatment is designed to keep the good streets in good condition longer. 
50/50 Sidewalk and Ramp Replacement Program
This project includes the residential sidewalk repair program. Homeowners can have sidewalk along the street in front of their home replaced by the City's contractor for half of the cost. Applications are currently being accepted. The program continues through the Summer until the budgeted money runs out. For more information, click here to download the 50/50 Sidewalk Program and Form or call 309-434-2225.

The Ramp Replacement Program is used to upgrade existing intersection sidewalk ramps to current standards. To request that the ramps be upgraded at a certain location, call 309-434-2225.
2018 Street and Alley Resurfacing and Repair
The Public Works Department has staff that does minor maintenance to streets and alleys including pothole repair and minor patches. Major street and alley work is handled by contractors working for the City. Annually the City has  contractors resurface streets and alleys. Click here for an Adobe PDF map showing a preliminary draft of possible resurfacing work for 2018. This map will be finalized and the table of streets below updated after the resurfacing contract is awarded in the spring of 2018.

Information about the City of Bloomington streets is maintained in a GIS - Geographic Information System by the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department.  The condition rating along with other information is used to help determine which streets will be resurfaced each year.  Additional information about the pavement rating system can be found in this PDF presentation. The public can view an interactive map with the pavement rating layer by clicking this link.

Resurfacing a street may also including milling off the existing surface, spot repairs, and adjusting manholes and other utilities in the street. Many streets will receive 2 layers of new hot mix asphalt. Typical this will include a binder layer and a surface layer. Vehicles will not be allowed on the freshly placed asphalt while it is being rolled and until it has cooled enough to handle traffic. During certain stages of construction, parking will be prohibited during the day, typically from 7 AM – 5 PM. At times access to driveways will be limited for a few hours. A representative of the Public Works Department oversees the construction work. If there are any special needs or concerns, please contact the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department at 434-2225. The schedule of streets to be resurfaced by a contractor in 2018 are:
 STREET  FROM  TO  TENTATIVE START DATE  ANTICIPATED FINISH DATE
Castle Ave Vale St Moore St 5/24/2018 Done 6/15/2018
Chestnut St Lee St Main St  9/4/2018 Done 9/12/2018
Fillmore St Center St Main St  9/4/2018 Done 9/11/2018
Front St Madison St East St  10/8/2018 Late Spring 2019
E Grove St Gridley St Robinson St  9/21/2018 Done 11/24/2018
W Grove St Morris Ave West of Western Ave  5/18/2018 Done 6/14/2018
Herbert St Mercer Ave Sidney St 6/14/2018 Done 6/29/2018
IAA Dr Empire Xing Vernon Ave 7/12/2018 Done 7/24/2018
Jefferson St Prairie St Lee St 9/24/2018 Done 11/30/2018
Marzel Dr Mercer Ave Sidney St 5/28/2018 Done 6/29/2018
Mecherle Dr Radliff Rd Delmar Rd 5/24/2018 Done 6/14/2018
Pacific Ave MLK Dr Reading Rd 9/11/2018 Done 9/24/2018
Regency Dr / Fairway Dr Oakland Ave thru Robinhood Ln 9/17/2018 Done 11/3/2018
Rosalie St Herbert St Marzel Dr 6/14/2018 Done 6/29/2018
Seminary Ave Mason St Main St 9/4/2018 Done 9/13/2018
Sherwood Way Radliff St Robinhood Ln 7/13/2018 Done 7/20/2018
Sidney St Herbert St Marzel Dr 6/16/2018 Done 6/29/2018
Wood St Pancake St Livingston St 7/13/2018 Done 7/20/2018

The schedule of alleys to be resurfaced in 2018 are:

ALLEY  FROM  TO  TENTATIVE START DATE  ANTICIPATED FINISH DATE
North of Chestnut St Linden St  Eugene St  5/29/2018  Done 6/4/2018 
North of Olive St McClun St  Colton Ave  5/29/2018  Done 6/4/2018 
North of Taylor St Clayton St  Clinton St  5/29/2018  Done 6/4/2018 
2019 Street and Alley Resurfacing and Repair

The Public Works Department has staff that does minor maintenance to streets and alleys including pothole repair and minor patches. Major street and alley work is handled by contractors working for the City. Annually the City has  contractors resurface streets and alleys. Click here for an Adobe PDF map showing the 2019 resurfacing plan.

Information about the City of Bloomington streets is maintained in a GIS - Geographic Information System by the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department.  The condition rating along with other information is used to help determine which streets will be resurfaced each year.  Additional information about the pavement rating system can be found in this PDF presentation. The public can view an interactive map with the pavement rating layer by clicking this link.

Resurfacing a street may also including milling off the existing surface, spot repairs, and adjusting manholes and other utilities in the street. Many streets will receive 2 layers of new hot mix asphalt. Typical this will include a binder layer and a surface layer. Vehicles will not be allowed on the freshly placed asphalt while it is being rolled and until it has cooled enough to handle traffic. During certain stages of construction, parking will be prohibited during the day, typically from 7 AM – 5 PM. At times access to driveways will be limited for a few hours. A representative of the Public Works Department oversees the construction work. If there are any special needs or concerns, please contact the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department at 434-2225.

The table below provides information about planned resurfacing work, timelines, and detailed information about each project area. Click the link on each street name to view a PDF that includes information about why the segment was selected for resurfacing this year as well as photos of the current condition of each street. Click here to view the entire PDF document.

 STREET  FROM  TO EST. START DATE  EST. FINISH DATE
Broadmoor Dr Oakland Ave  Lincoln St  Not Awarded Not Awarded
Catherine St Locust St  Market St 

Not Awarded

Not Awarded
 Devonshire Dr Washington St  Sheffield Dr  Not Awarded Not Awarded
 Camelot Dr Sheffield Dr  Washington St  Not Awarded Not Awarded
East Gate Pl Mercer Ave  Patterson Dr  Not Awarded Not Awarded
 Forrest St Morris Ave  thru Hinshaw Ave  Not Awarded Not Awarded 
Fremont St Clayton St  Bunn St  Not Awarded Not Awarded 
Glenwood Rd Arrowhead Dr  cul-de-sac  Not Awarded Not Awarded
Kemmer Ln
 Mercer Ave Snyder Dr  Not Awarded Not Awarded
Main St Front St  East St  Not Awarded Not Awarded 
Market St Howard St  Roosevelt St  Not Awarded Not Awarded 
Mason St Monroe St  Mulberry St  Not Awarded Not Awarded
Mason St Washington St  Jefferson St  Not Awarded Not Awarded 
Monroe St Madison St  East St  Not Awarded Not Awarded 
Mulberry St Howard St  Catherine St  Not Awarded Not Awarded 
Sunset Rd Emerson St  Emerson St  Not Awarded Not Awarded 
Thornwood Ln Airport Rd  Privet Ln Not Awarded Not Awarded 
Vernon Ave / GE Rd Towanda Ave  West of Hershey Rd  Not Awarded Not Awarded

ALLEY  FROM  TO  TENTATIVE START DATE  ANTICIPATED FINISH DATE
Between Main St & Center St Monroe St South to parking lot 
Main Street and Madison Street

The City of Bloomington and its contractors will begin extensive work on the following roads in Downtown Bloomington the week of May 13, 2019:

  • Main Street,Washington Street to Locust Street
  • Monroe Street, East Street to Madison Street

Please be aware that on-street parking and driving on these roads will be restricted at various times. A map of the construction area and free, 4-hour parking has been included in the document below.

Main Street and Madison Street Construction Notice

For additional information about Downtown resurfacing projects, visit www.downtownbloomington.org/events/news/. For information about all resurfacing projects, including Downtown Bloomington, visit the Public Works Project Updates page at http://www.cityblm.org/government/departments/public-works/project-updates, or contact Public Works at 309-434-2225.

Front Street, Center Street, and Main Street

The City of Bloomington and its contractors will begin extensive work on the following roads in Downtown Bloomington the week of April 1, 2019:

Front Street, Madison Street to East Street
Center Street, Washington Street to Front Street
Main Street, Washington Street to Front Street

Please be aware that on-street parking and driving on these roads will be restricted at various times throughout the project timeline, which is shown in the document listed below. In addition, the Connect Transit transfer station will move temporarily beginning April 8, 2019. A map of the construction area, public parking, and temporary relocation of the bus transfer station has been included in the document listed below.

Front Street, Center Street, and Main Street Construction Notice

GE Road at Keaton Place/Auto Row Drive Traffic Signal

Public Works will install signals and a northbound turn lane at the intersection of GE Road and Keaton Place/Auto Row Drive. When the new traffic signal becomes operational, drivers should be attentive to others who may not be use to the new traffic signal.

The new signal has a flashing yellow turn arrow for the eastbound left turn. The City is using flashing yellow arrows where applicable throughout the City as new signals are installed. For reference, flashing yellow arrows are very common in the Peoria area. More information about flashing yellow arrows can be found here.

You may want to watch this short video (<2 min.) which talks about how drivers are to navigate a flashing yellow arrow.

The signal heads at this intersection are on span wire.  Four wood poles, one in each quadrant have cables stretched between them. Signal heads hang from the cables rather than on traditional mast arms and the electric wires run along the cables connecting the signal heads to the controller. This eliminates the need to install underground conduits. While rare in Illinois, this span wire system for traffic signals is common in many other parts of the country and allowed for significantly reduced project costs and quicker completion.

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