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Bloomington Streets

The City of Bloomington created this web page to focus primarily on upcoming street/sidewalk projects funded through Local Motor Fuel Tax (LMFT). This is in addition to signage, flyers, social media posts, and press releases the City will provide in order to keep the public informed about street maintenance projects in the City. The revenue generated by the now eight-cent LMFT, and one-quarter of one percent of the Home Rule Sales Tax, is kept separate in a special fund that can only be utilized for this work.

Local Motor Fuel Tax and Home Rule Sales Tax collected in FY2020 to date total $2,969,136. Expenditures total $898,437. Please note, there is a time lag between when LMFT is collected and when it is reported.

2019 Roadwork Wrap-Up
At the Committee of the Whole meeting on November 18, 2019, Public Works provided a brief presentation to recap asphalt and concrete roadwork performed by City employees and contractors throughout 2019. This presentation provides an opportunity to show Council and the public the results of the various infrastructure programs and to recognize the people who contributed to the programs.

 

Resurfacing Project Updates: June 21, 2019

Post Date:06/21/2019 12:22 PM

Fairway/Regency, Robinhood to Oakland
This week, Public Works installed leveling binder on Fairway Drive north of Empire Street to north of Robinhood Lane. Leveling binder provides structural stability between the rock base and the final surface. This is the last step before installing the final surface. The Department is planning to install the final surface by mid-July, weather permitting. Once the surface and temporary lane markings are installed, Public Works will schedule permanent line painting for a later date.

The following modifications are part of the project to resurface and reconfigure Fairway Drive/Regency Drive north of Robinhood Lane to Oakland Avenue:

  • A new lane configuration on Fairway Drive south of Empire Street to Oakland, which includes one driving lane in each direction; a center, bi-directional turn lane; and one bicycle lane in each direction
  • A raised median on the north leg of the intersection similar to the existing south leg. Turn lanes will be extended to adequate lengths to accommodate the traffic. These improvements will greatly reduce the conflicting movements in the intersection and help it operate considerably smoother. The trade-off for this advantage is that the frontage road will be restricted to right-in/right-out movements. This means that vehicles will not be able to turn left from or into the frontage road.
  • A single shared through-left lane and single shared through-right lane on the northbound approach
  • A new pedestrian crossing and associated sidewalk across the South Frontage Road.

Market, Howard to Roosevelt
Underground utility castings and sidewalk ramps have been temporarily removed so that Public Works can begin milling (removing the surface) on Market Street, from Howard Street and Roosevelt Street. Three side streets near Market Street along this corridor are also undergoing resurfacing:

  • Catherine Street, Market Street to Locust Street: All curb and gutter has been replaced, and is ready for milling.
  • Mulberry Street, Howard to Catherine: Ready for milling operations
  • Mason Street, Mulberry Street to Monroe Street: Underground utility castings have been removed and surface has been milled from Market Street to Monroe Street. Leveling binder, resurfacing, and line painting are planned for mid-July, weather permitting.

Milling, installing leveling binder, resurfacing, and installing sidewalk ramps is scheduled to begin on Market Street, from Howard Street to Roosevelt Street, the week of July 8 with estimated completion by the end of July, weather permitting.

Monroe, Center to Madison
Milling operations have been completed. Leveling binder and resurfacing are planned for mid-July, weather permitting.

Mason, Washington to Jefferson
Milling operations have been completed. Leveling binder and resurfacing are planned for mid-July, weather permitting.

Please use caution when travelling through these areas.

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2019 Bloomington Roadwork Video Compilation


Front Street Time Lapse


  
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IDOT Proposed Highway Improvement Program 2020-2025

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) released its FY 2020-2025 Proposed Highway Improvement Program, which includes $44.5 million for construction and $8.8 million for engineering and other costs in the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal. The funding, which totals $53.3 million, is slated to be spread out over the six-year period.

In Fiscal Year 2020, IDOT plans to perform:

  • Resurfacing on US 55 Business (Veterans Parkway), from Morris Avenue to US 51 in Bloomington
  • Engineering design for US 51, College Avenue in Normal to Olive Street in Bloomington
  • Engineering design for IL Route 9/US 150 (multiple local roads) from east of I-74 to Royal Pointe Drive in Bloomington

From Fiscal Year 2021 to Fiscal Year 2025, planned resurfacing and ADA improvement projects include:

  • Veterans Parkway, Commerce Parkway to north of Washington Street in Bloomington
  • Veterans Parkway, Clearwater Avenue to Old Route 66 in Bloomington and Normal
  • US 51, College Avenue in Normal to Olive Street in Bloomington
  • IL Route 9 and US 150 (multiple local roads), east of I-74 to Royal Pointe Drive in Bloomington
  • US 150, Oakland to Veterans Parkway in Bloomington.

In addition to these improvements in future years, IDOT plans to reconstruct Center Street (part of US 51) from Division Street to Empire Street in Bloomington. A map of work planned for McLean County is shown below.

IDOT-MYP-2020-2025-Map

 

Pavement Ratings
Public Works rates streets using the 10-point Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) system. In addition, the Department manages a regularly-updated, interactive, Geographic Information System map. Click here to view the interactive pavement rating map.



Asphalt and Concrete Projects and Funding Since FY 2014
At the March 18, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting, Staff gave a presentation highlighting asphalt and concrete projects and funding since FY 2014. Click here to view the presentation or click here to watch the meeting video.

Resurfacing
All FY 2020 resurfacing work has been completed. The table below provides information about planned resurfacing work, timelines, and detailed information about each project area. Click the link on most of the street names 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. A single document (linked below) includes all of these individual documents as well as the resurfacing plan map.

 STREET  FROM  TO EST. START DATE  EST. FINISH DATE
Broadmoor Dr Oakland Ave  Lincoln St   Completed Completed
Catherine St Locust St  Market St 

Completed

Completed
 Devonshire Dr Washington St  Sheffield Dr  Completed  Completed
 Camelot Dr Sheffield Dr  Washington St  Completed Completed
 Forrest St Morris Ave  thru Hinshaw Ave  Completed Completed
Fremont St Clayton St  Bunn St  Completed Completed
 Gettysburg Dr  Empire St Todd  Dr  Completed Completed
Glenwood Rd Arrowhead Dr  cul-de-sac   Completed Completed
Kemmer Ln
 Mercer Ave Snyder Dr  Completed Completed
Main St Front St  East St   Completed Completed
Market St Howard St  Roosevelt St  Completed Completed
Mason St Monroe St  Mulberry St  Completed Completed
Mason St Washington St  Jefferson St  Completed Completed
Monroe St Madison St  East St  Completed Completed
Mulberry St Howard St  Catherine St  Completed Completed
Thornwood Ln Airport Rd  Privet Ln  Completed Completed
Vernon Ave / GE Rd Towanda Ave  West of Hershey Rd  Completed Completed
 Sheffield Dr  Devonshire Dr Camelot Dr  Completed Completed

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

Pavement Preservation
The City of completed this year's pavement preservation efforts in early November This year's program included 70 road segments throughout the city. Maps and lists of the work can be found here.

The City uses two types of pavement preservation: Reclamite and C85. Reclamite uses emulsion made up of specific petroleum oils and resins. 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.

C85 is a restorative seal that is intended for asphalt that has deteriorated beyond the point that Reclamite alone is an effective treatment method for the surface. C85 is a petroleum-based emulsion product that is covered in lime screenings in order to mend the asphalt surface, sealing cracks and filling in voids. The product is designed to be kneaded into the surface by vehicular traffic once it has been applied. C85 is designed to maintain its flexibility over time, which helps to reduce cracking and weathering.

Staff install temporary “No Parking” signs the week of the work on each street. Parking restrictions will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the dates specified on each sign. Once the pavement preservation is installed, driveway access on each street will be restricted for up to 30 minutes, unless there is an emergency.

Sidewalk and Ramp Replacement
This program is designed to provide for construction of sidewalk ramps that are compliant with standards related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, other sidewalk repairs, and projects in which property owners voluntary enter a 50 percent cost sharing agreement.

The City is in its fifth year of its 10-year Sidewalk Master Plan. The funding level has equated to a service level envisioned in that plan. In the past, low funding levels meant patching problems, with Public Works having to leave other nearby problems unaddressed. In many cases now, the City is able to solve sidewalk problems for a half-block or entire block, rather than at just one property.

Vertical Displacement
The Department uses sidewalk grinding for its vertical displacement repair program. The work entails repairing sidewalk in which two adjoining panels are uneven by grinding to eliminate the displacement. The cost for this type of repair is a fraction of the cost of replacing one of the panels. Previously, grinding has been a pay item in the regular sidewalk contract, and the pay item is in this year’s regular sidewalk contract. However, the City is increasing use of grinding as a way to address sidewalk settlement in certain neighborhoods, primarily on the east side, where concrete is in good physical condition but displacement between adjoining sidewalk panels is common.