Streetscape and Utility Project FAQs

The Village of Glen Ellyn is embarking on a once-in-a-generation streetscape and utility project to repair aging infrastructure and upgrade the appearance of Downtown Glen Ellyn. The necessary utility construction project provides an opportunity to upgrade the streetscape at the same time.

The Village of Glen Ellyn needs to make repairs to its aging infrastructure. The 100+ year old system has exceeded its useful life. There are significant issues with the underground water, sanitary and storm sewer as identified by an independent third-party evaluation. The evaluation identified:

  • Over 500 defects in storm and sanitary service lines were identified during televising of sewers, ranging from cracks in pipe, holes, deformations, offset joints, have been identified during sewer televising and review
  • Over 80 sanitary service lines require replacement and close to 70 requires lining to extend its service life.
  • Over 5300 feet of storm and sanitary sewer identified for rehabilitation through sewer lining
  • Sanitary sewer on Main St (Hillside to Duane) is undersized and requires replacement
  • At least 27 points were identified where storm water potentially enters the sanitary sewer system, adding to the amount of sewerage water that needs to be treated by GWA plant
  • Over 1000 feet of storm sewer needs to be replaced due to pipe condition
  • Cast iron watermain in Main Street dates back to 1907 and has exceeded its useful lifespan
  • Sections of cast iron watermain on Pennsylvania dates back to 1910’s and exceeded its useful lifespan
  • Over 230 water services and b-boxes identified to be replaced as part of the watermain replacements and upgrades water service pipe size and materials.

The Village is acting now to address the aging infrastructure downtown. The longer the repairs are delayed, the more likely costly accidents are to happen. The Village is taking advantage of recent competitive construction pricing to complete the project in a timely and cost-effective manner. Many bids are coming in 3%-5% below estimates right now. In addition, reduced foot and vehicular traffic will allow the Village to complete the project in a timely manner. Once complete, this investment in the downtown will encourage new investment in Glen Ellyn.

The project is projected to cost $27.8 million. Nineteen percent (19%) of the total cost is for streetscape upgrades.

The Village will complete the project in phases. The Village will time the start of construction with the completion of the Civic Center parking garage to ensure off street parking options for downtown businesses. The first phase is anticipated to begin in in early 2022.

The ongoing construction at the Apex 400 development will cause lane closures on Main and Hillside during late spring 2021. The Apex 400 development will complete surrounding sidewalks and streetscape elements in fall of 2021.

Construction does disrupt normal business operations. During the first phase, when underground utility work is being done, the street will be closed for periods of time to vehicular traffic.  Temporary sidewalks will be in use during the project to maintain pedestrian access to each business.

Phase I: 2022 Vehicular Road Closures

The Village will work closely with the Downtown Alliance, Chamber and individual businesses to listen and address businesses’ concerns. The Village and the construction company will install clear signage to direct traffic, hold regular construction meetings and support an open for business campaign. The Resident Engineer, who will be on site during construction, will be a direct line of communication with the business owners regarding the day-to-day construction operations. The Resident Engineer will provide advance notice and coordination for upcoming construction operations that will occur in front of each business. On street parking and loading zones will be provided and signed where and when possible.

At the Village Board meeting on January 19, 2021 the Board evaluated the project team’s recommendation for materials, public preference, durability, and cost to make the final decision on the materials for the streetscape. herringbone pattern with a tumbled edge was selected for the parkway material as it compliments many downtown buildings and is durable and easy to maintain. The Board chose plain concrete for the sidewalk material due to its ease of replacement over time. The tree planter curbs will be a mix of granite in locations and precast concrete in other locations in order to control cost.

Contact Us

Rich Daubert, P.E.

Resident Engineer

Village of Glen Ellyn


Rich is responsible for overseeing the project and coordinating with the on-site engineer. Contact Rich with any construction and scheduling questions.

Meredith Hannah

Economic Development Coordinator

Village of Glen Ellyn


Meredith coordinates business communication and serves as an ombudsman for the businesses. Contact Meredith with any questions regarding business support.