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Work on the Northside Stormwater Management Project began on Monday, April 6, 2015 

The Village recently hosted two public meetings regarding Phase 1 of this year's Northside Stormwater Management Project.  The first meeting took place on Tuesday, March 17 at Village Hall (400 Park).  The second meeting was held Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 PM at the Willard School Auditorium (1250 Ashland). Representatives from the Village, our engineers and the contractors made a presentation and addressed questions.  No problem if you were unable to attend!

Project Map & Answers to commonly asked questions can be found by clicking here.

A Construction Notice announcing the beginning of the NSMP was sent to residents most affected by the project. Click here for the notice. 

A dedicated website about the Northside Stormwater Management Project can be accessed at http://nsmp.vrf.us/

General Information about the Northside Stormwater Management Project

On January 26, 2015, the Village Board of Trustees awarded a bid for construction of Phase 1 of the Northside Stormwater Management Project (NSMP). We expect this project to begin around April 1, 2015 and last through November 2015. You are receiving this notification because you are located in the project area and will be affected by the construction.

The NSMP will "separate" the sewer system in the Phase 1 area. A map of the project area is below. By separating the sewer system, the existing combined sewer pipe will be converted to a sanitary-only sewer pipe. The Village will then construct a new "mainline" sewer down Greenfield, starting at the Des Plaines River at Thatcher and working east towards Harlem. Then "lateral" storm sewers will be installed on streets south of Greenfield, and tie into the "mainline" sewer system.

This is the single largest infrastructure project the Village has ever undertaken. This is a major project. The mainline sewer runs up to 96" in size at its greatest diameter. Such a massive infrastructure project will bring several benefits to the area:

• A separate storm sewer system will significantly reduce basement backups caused by sewer backup.
• On-street flooding will be significantly improved. The new storm system will provide new capacity that will discharge storm water directly to the Des Plaines River.
• All the streets being constructed will be resurfaced curb to curb once the project is completed.

With these benefits to the community, there will be some short term inconveniences to the residents. Streets will be torn up, driveways will be inaccessible at times. There will be dust. The Village will do as much as it can to help mitigate these short-term inconveniences.

Because of the magnitude of the project, the Village is taking the following steps, and asks residents for the following:


1. The Village asks residents to visit the Village's website at http://www.vrf.us/village-email-list to register with the Village's Communication Program to receive up to date information via phone and e-mail. The Village will send out regular communications through this program. If you do not have access to e-mail, please contact the Village at (708) 366-8500 and ask for Dawn Haney. We will ensure that you receive updates through another medium.

2. The Village will have a dedicated customer service representative to take any calls on issues from residents during normal business hours. A 24 hour emergency number will also be established for issues on nights and weekends. We will be sending out postcards in April with this information.

3. We are also developing a website with up-to-date information. Please bookmark www.nsmp.us for future reference.