Streets Division of the Public Works Department
The Streets Division provides a comprehensive maintenance program for streets, parkways, and sidewalks. The Village maintains 167 center lane miles of streets, as well as 246 miles of sidewalks.
This Division is responsible for:
This Division is responsible for:
- Filling cracks
- Maintaining parkways and parks
- Patching pavement
- Provide installation and maintenance of all signs on Village maintained streets
- Providing snow and ice control
- Repairing potholes
The Village of Indian Head Park in conjunction with the Village Engineer have created a map (PDF) that shows the jurisdiction for roadways throughout the village. The jurisdiction determines what entity is responsible for maintaining the roadways. Public Works does not have authority to do repairs, plow or maintain County and State roads.
If you have a concern about a roadway maintained by Indian Head Park please call the Public Works Department at 708-246-3154 to report its location.
Our street signs are vital directional guideposts that are, unfortunately, all too often the targets of vandals and pranksters. Should you notice a missing or vandalized street sign, please call the Public Works Department at 708-246-3154 to report its location.
Missing Stop signs are considered an emergency life-safety issue and are replaced immediately. Please call us as soon as possible to report a missing Stop sign.
New Sign Requests
Residents occasionally call to request that a Stop sign, Yield sign, or other traffic signs be added in a particular location. In order to have a request for additional traffic signage or a change in signage considered, a written request must be submitted to the Village Administrator. The request must state the following:
- Type of sign that is desired
- Potential location
- Reason why the resident feels it is necessary
Submitting a Request
The written request may be either a letter or an email sent to John Durocher. The Village Administrator will then send the information to the Department of Engineering, attention Michael Danecki to begin the process.
Each request for additional signage is studied and evaluated on the basis of need and effectiveness. The request is reviewed by the Public Works Committee and the Village Engineer to determine if traffic safety conditions would be met, and the committee recommendation is then forwarded to the Village Council for final approval or denial.
All traffic signals in Indian Head Park are operated and maintained by the State of Illinois or the Cook County Highway Department.
If you see any traffic signal malfunctioning, regardless of its location, please call the Department of Public Works at 708-246-3154 to report it. We will contact the appropriate agency for repairs.
The Public Works Department, Streets Division provides some of the best maintained and cleared streets in the area, no matter the snow and ice conditions. Your Public Works staff works tirelessly to make sure that the Village pavements are safe for travel at all times, and that can be quite a challenge given the bitter Winter weather. Fortunately, the Village invested in a new snowplow to help keep up with any snow clearing operations needed.
Pavement Life Extension Program
On a yearly basis, the Village of Indian Head Park is now undertaking a Street
Life-Extension Program designed to extend pavement life until funds are available to
upgrade and meet the Village's goal of maintaining all Village streets at or above the
"good" level as defined by the PASER Program. PASER is a computer-based
pavement management system developed by the University of Wisconsin. A yearly
pavement review permits our Village Engineer to visibly rate our road system. The
observations are entered into the PASER Program and a rating is calculated.
All streets rated below "good" are then considered for inclusion in the upcoming
year's Pavement Renovation Program.
Priority & Evaluation
After the specific street sections have been selected for possible renovation, the streets
must be prioritized based on funding availability and life-safety issues. The Village
Engineering staff makes a preliminary evaluation for curb and gutter replacement
based on physical conditions of the curb and gutter systems, including severe
deterioration or other structural deficiencies that would impair curb function: to
efficiently remove surface water from the pavement system. Additionally, the physical
state of the pavement is determined and appropriate
corrective actions are considered.
The primary means of pavement life-extension consist of the following methods:
Water is the single most significant factor in determining how well a pavement
system performs over its life and what its lifespan will be, assuming original design and
construction was correctly done. The first and foremost means for maintenance of the
existing pavements is to correctly apply crack-filling and patching. This is to be done
before a pavement has deteriorated excessively. Ideally, yearly maintenance is needed
to properly accomplish the desired pavement life extension with this system. This
activity is mandatory to properly care for and most economically maintain our pavement
Pavement Rejuvenation using a sprayed rejuvenator compound is applied both to
relatively new as well as older, weathered pavements. Significant benefits are seen,
with pavement life-extension of several years typically achievable at very low cost,
assuming the rejuvenation system is applied at an early enough stage and that normal
maintenance is properly carried out prior to and after the rejuvenation application.
Overlay of the existing Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavements is appropriate for
the more heavily trafficked and/or distressed pavements, and is the most expensive
means short of reconstruction for extending a pavement system lifespan. However,
overlay of the pavement without proper preparation and repair of the underlying
pavement system has all too often been thought to be a panacea for all of the distress
conditions found in the typical HMA pavement in the Village. Repair of actual failed
pavement areas and use of a geofabric reflection crack-limiting membrane system
after milling is essential to providing a long-lived pavement system before the new
overlay is installed.
Pavement Overlay Process
When the bidding process is complete and a contractor is selected for the Pavement Overlay life-extension program, the first step is the removal and replacement of selected concrete curbs and driveway aprons, with such repairs typically taking several weeks to complete.
Turf restoration is then accomplished after the concrete work is completed. The landscape contractor will backfill the open excavated areas still present after the concrete work is finished, and seed and topsoil or an excelsior/seed system would be applied behind the curbs and other concrete work performed. As such work is weather dependent, the re-landscaping phase could take place anytime from immediately after the curb placement to the end of the project.
Once the concrete work has been completed, milling of a designated thickness of the existing HMA pavement is carried out with precision milling equipment. Once the milling operation has been completed, any failed/potholed pavement areas revealed should be patched, a leveling course of new Hot Mix Asphalt is placed on the street to obtain proper pavement geometry. If the original pavement had crack systems of noticeable frequency, a reflection crack-limiting membrane should be placed before final overlay placement is carried out.
Ideally the contractor will post "Fresh Oil" signs and apply a prime coat which provides adhesion between the old and new asphalt. The prime coat takes one to two hours to cure, and after that time it should not track up on vehicles. If a reflection crack-limiting membrane is used, it is preferable that traffic be kept off the membrane.
Final Surface Course
The last step involved is the placement of the “overlay”, final surface course of the Hot Mix Asphalt. When paving operations are underway, traffic should be kept away from the freshly installed HMA pavement until sufficient rolling and cooling of bituminous concrete has occurred.
If you have any questions, please call the Public Works Department at 708-246-3154.