A highway contractor who completed a $2.7 million repaving job in Evergreen Park last year plans to make good on repairs to roadways that are already cracking, the village’s mayor said Tuesday night.
Orange Crush, of Hillside, has informed the village it will repave damaged portions of the roadways that comprised the project, according to Mayor Jim Sexton.
“The principal of the company called me directly and was very concerned this would impact the work he gets,” Sexton said. “He made a point to reach out, and I believe he is a man of his word.”
The project was completed in summer of 2012 and encompassed a roughly rectangular area bounded by 95th Street on the north, the CSX railroad tracks on the east, 99th Street on the south, and Central Park Avenue on the west, according to village engineer Timothy Klass.
Sexton said he and Klass will complete a final survey of necessary repairs and send it to the company.
“I want to accompany you on this,” Sexton told Klass at the meeting.
Klass confirmed Orange Crush will complete the work based on what information the village sends the company. While there is no timeline in place, Klass said he would not be surprised if work began toward the end of July.
Residents need not worry about road closures, Klass said.
“[The contractor] has it down pretty well,” he said. “They will be able to work around the machines.”
Klass said that while both independent engineers and paving professionals are unsure of the cause of the cracking and cannot speculate why it is specific to Evergreen Park, the problem might be attributed to a change in the asphalt mixture the Illinois Department of Transportation requires from all asphalt contractors. Whatever the cause, more moisture was able to penetrate the asphalt, causing cracks to form as it froze during the winter, he explained.
“They did everything they were supposed to,” Klass said of Orange Crush. “They followed IDOT’s requirements but it didn’t turn out, and they’re going to come and repair it. It’s been cracking a little too much in areas we didn’t expect to see cracking.”
At this point the damage is practically unnoticeable to motorists and passersby, but conducting repairs immediately will head the problem off before it can become exponentially worse, Klass said. Even so, the repairs won’t come cheap for Orange Crush.
“I give the guy credit: with the men and the materials, this is going to cost him money,” he added.