The City of Elmhurst is proud to announce 6 new construction projects will begin this fall that will provide stormwater flood mitigation to several parts of the City. All construction work is anticipated to be underway by October with several of the projects having substantial completion by the end of 2016. These 6 projects will provide a total of 56.5 acre-feet of stormwater detention throughout the City. These projects, in conjunction with the nearly complete Walnut/Myrtle/Evergreen Stormwater Improvement Project (20 acre-feet) and the recently completed Webster Avenue Stormwater Improvement Project (2.3 acre-feet), will provide a total of almost 80 acre-feet of new stormwater detention throughout the City. In total the City will invest nearly $17.5 million in construction costs to complete these projects.
York/I-290 Project ($1.34M)
The City will provide 18.5 additional acre-feet of stormwater detention within the IDOT infield along the north side of I-290, west of York providing relief to the on-street flooding that occurs on York Street at I–290. The intent of the project is to remove stormwater that currently floods York Street during heavy rain events because of the significant issues this causes with emergency responders and traffic for the general public. Additionally, this project will provide flood relief to downstream properties to the north and east due to the excess storage that will be created.
Geneva Ave. Project ($1.4M)
The City recently purchased and demolished 4 homes along the east side of Geneva Avenue, north of Third Street. This land will be excavated down to provide 4 acre-feet of stormwater detention. The provided detention will allow significant flood reduction benefits to 9 homes on Geneva Avenue that are north of Third Street. Work will begin in September 2016 and be completed by the end of the year.
Madison Early Childhood Center Project ($2.3M)
The City has entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with School District 205 to provide approximately 6 acre-feet of stormwater detention on the south end of the Madison Early Childhood Center property. This project is bounded by Bryan Street, Adams Street, and Washington Street and will provide significant flood reductions for 63 homes in the Washington Street area between Madison Street and McKinley Avenue.
Crescent Ave./Cambridge Ave. Project ($2.1M)
The City has entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Elmhurst Park District to provide 11 acre-feet of stormwater detention at the west end of York Commons Park. This project will provide significant flood reduction benefits to 38 homes located on Crescent Avenue, just north of the CN Railroad tracks.
Harrison Street Project ($2.3M)
This project will expand the existing Harrison Street detention basin by approximately 5 acre-feet and will provide flood reduction benefits to homes on Yorkfield Avenue and Harrison Street. The existing base and will be expanded by installing structural walls around the perimeter of the whole site.
Pine St./Avon Rd. Project ($4.5M)
The City has entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Elmhurst Park District to purchase the western portion of Golden Meadows Park to provide approximately 12 acre-feet of stormwater detention. This project will provide significant flood reduction benefits to approximately 30 homes located on Pine Street, Avon Road, First Street, and East Court.