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East Burlington Streetscape & Resurfacing Project

October 4th, 2016

Village of Riverside

The Village of Riverside was recently able to complete a long-desired streetscape enhancement and resurfacing project through its Central Business District (CBD) to revitalize the historic downtown area, while maintaining the character of one of the nation’s first planned communities.

The enhancements, including wider sidewalks and curb bump-outs, will improve safety and aesthetics, encouraging residents to bike and walk along the CBD. The increased foot traffic is expected to have a positive impact on businesses and support economic development of the downtown area.

While some funding for this project came from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), roughly 70 percent of the nearly $3 million project was paid using federal funds, including funds from the Surface Transportation Program (STP).


Enhancements funded by these programs include infrastructure improvements, including the drainage structure, curbs, gutters and sidewalk. Additional enhancements improved the aesthetics of the area, including decorative permeable concrete pavers, limestone planter boxes, perennials, trees, shrubs, trash and recycling receptacles, benches, lighted bollards and up-lighting for trees.

CBBEL completed Phase I and II design engineering services and provided full-time resident engineering services during construction. CBBEL’s project team coordinated with the West Central Municipal Conference of Mayors, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Village Manager Jessica Frances, Community Development Director Sonya Abt and various Village commissions during the design. Multiple town hall meetings were also held in order to gather input from the local community.

Orion Galey, PE
Senior Project Manager