Construction Projects

Please click on this link for a map of various construction projects:.2022 Construction Project Map

Milwaukee Avenue and Waukegan Road Street Lighting Replacement

New street light poles and fixtures are being installed on Milwaukee Avenue from Albion Avenue to Greenwood Avenue, and on Waukegan Road from Milwaukee Avenue to Main Street.

Foundations and conduit work for the new street lights is underway and will continue throughout the summer and fall.  Weather permitting, the project is scheduled for a December, 2021 completion.

Howard Street Improvements

The work on Howard Street is nearing its full completion with only punch list items and restoration still scheduled. Howard Street received a much needed overhaul from Milwaukee Avenue to Lehigh Avenue. Aspects of improvement include water main, utilities, storm sewer, street resurfacing, major safety improvements, bike lanes, lighting, and more. Thank you to all those that have participated in the improvement project, Howard Street Commuters, and most or all our Niles residents.

New Howard Street Information Page

Howard Street North Branch Trail Crossing with Flashing Beacons Information Page

2022 Street Program

It is anticipated the contract for the 2022 Street Program will be awarded in May.  Streets/alleys to be improved include:

  • Neva Avenue from Harvard Street to Oakton Street
  • Seward, Nora & Oakton Court east of Harlem Avenue
  • Lyons Street from Callero Drive to Washington Street
  • Maryland Street from Loras Lane to Lyons Street
  • Courtland Avenue from Lyons Street to North End
  • Crain Street from Milwaukee Avenue to Merrill Street
  • Merrill Street from Greenleaf Street to Crain Street
  • Oriole Avenue from Greenleaf Street to Dempster Street
  • Ozark Avenue from Main Street to Greenleaf Street
  • Kedzie Street from Ottawa Avenue to Oriole Avenue
  • Ottawa Avenue from Kedzie Street to Lee Street
  • Oleander Avenue form Kedzie Street to Greenleaf Street
  • Main Street from Oleander Avenue to Oketo Avenue
  • Nottingham Avenye from Dobson Street to South End
  • Fargo Avenue from Waukegan Road to Nordica Avenue
  • Neva Street from Birchwood Avenue to Oakton Street
  • Alley south of Dempster between Harlem Avenue and Shermer Road
  • Alley north of Oakton Street between Merrill Street and Ozanam Avenue.
  • Alley north of Grennan Place between Milwaukee Avenue and Ottowa Avenue
  • Alleys north of Albion Avenue between Newcastle Avenue and Normandy Avenue

Additional locations may be awarded via alternate bids pending budget availability. 

Milwaukee Avenue Streetscape Project

The Illinois Department of Transportation awarded the Phase V Streetscape construction project for work from Howard Street to Jonquil Terrace.  Streetscape and landscape elements were completed in November 2021 along the east side of Milwaukee with only punch list work left to be completed. Decorative crosswalks across Milwaukee Avenue and Howard Street are expected to begin in Spring 2022. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed in early summer 2022..

Greenwood Stormwater Basin

Competitive bids have been received for the project.  Construction began in September 2021. The detention pond and StormTrap underground detention system have been completed. Sewer work has been completed on Church Street from Greenwood Avenue to the east side of Milwaukee Avenue as of December 2021. Sewer work in the Courtland Park neighborhood was completed in February 2022. Reconstruction of Church Street from Greenwood to Cumberland has begun as of April 2022. Paving and restoration work in the Courtland Park neighborhood should be complete in early Summer 2022. The project is scheduled to be significantly completed by September 2022 with landscape and plantings to be completed in early 2023.

Construction of the Greenwood Stormwater Basin project in Niles was financed by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF), a grant from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) and local funds. The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This project includes construction of approximately 14 acre-feet of stormwater storage; with an open water basin with native plantings, underground storage chambers beneath an event lawn, storm sewer improvements, water main improvements and landscaping. Once complete, it will improve water quality for area residents and businesses in Niles by causing stormwater flow rate reduction, sediment collection and removal from runoff. The green infrastructure will provide temporary storage for stormwater runoff and allow stormwater infiltration, reduce runoff and flooding, and improve water quality. SRF programs operate in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our most valuable resources: water.

Construction Update Week of May 16, 2022

  • Progress Made the Past Week: Continued electrical work near open event space and on southside of Church along north edge of Golf Mill Park. Continued work on permeable paver subbase on Church. Continued curb & gutter and sidewalk work on Church Street between Cumberland and Greenwood. Continued topsoil/seed/parkway restoration on Church, Maryland, Callero and Courtland. Continue stone masonry work around open event space. Completed pavement striping east of Milwaukee on Maryland, Callero and Courtland. 
  • Anticipated construction for the next week: Work is weather dependent. Continue electrical work near open event space and on southside of Church along north edge of Golf Mill Park. Continue work on permeable paver subbase on Church. Continue curb & gutter and sidewalk work on Church Street between Cumberland and Greenwood. Continue topsoil/seed/parkway restoration on Church, Maryland, Callero and Courtland. Continue stone masonry work around open event space.
  • Current road closures and detours: Continue Church Street between Greenwood and Cumberland. Stage detour using Davis. Daily lane closures on Church. 
  • New road closures or detours expected for the following week: Continue Church Street between Greenwood and Cumberland. Stage detour using Davis. Daily lane closures on Church.
  • Road closures that are ending: N/A


Ballard Culvert Improvement

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is reconstructing the culvert at Ballard Road located between 8950 & 9000  Greenwood Avenue.  IDOT is planning to stage construction of the culvert with reduced lanes and widths on Ballard Road at this location.  Staged construction began May 4th, 2021 and completed April 29, 2022.  Following the culvert replacement, Ballard Road will be resurfaced from Rand Road to Greenwood Avenue. Drivers should reduce speed, allow extra time and use caution in this area and/or seek alternate routes.