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Improvements to the Stormwater System
In 2001, the village implemented a village-wide storm drainage fee to fund maintenance and improvements to the stormwater system. The Storm Drainage Fund provides funding (approximately 38% of the budget) for the maintenance and repair of the existing storm sewer systems as well as village’s street sweeping and leaf pickup programs. The remaining funds are used for stormwater project-related expenses and the repayment of stormwater bonds. View a list of
Maplewood Drive and Clark Street Improvement
- This project alleviated flooding at the intersection of Maplewood Drive and Clark Street. It included the construction of a new 42" and 48” storm sewer system located along the north side of the Fisher Farmer Railroad tracks extending east approximately 1,100 feet to the drainage ditch. This project was completed in 2001 at an approximate cost of $299,000.
Maplewood Detention Pond
- This was the first major stormwater improvement to be funded by the Storm Drainage Fee. Funding was provided to purchase the property where the pond is located as well as the construction of the pond. Jointly constructed by the village and the Air Force, this project was completed in August 2003, and expended approximately $644,000 in stormwater funding.
Sangamon to Wabash Storm Sewer
- Completed in the summer of 2007, was the construction of the Sangamon to Wabash Storm Sewer at a cost of $1,923,000. The project began at the intersection of Sangamon Avenue and Tanner Street and entered the west end of the detention pond at West Avenue. It consisted of new pipes ranging in size from 24” to 48”. It has alleviated the flooding along Wabash Avenue, Lincoln Street, Sangamon Avenue, and Garrard Street.
Prairie View and Shady Lawn Upgrade
- This project diverted stormwater from the Prairie View subdivision to the Maplewood Detention Pond. This project was completed in 2004. Total construction costs for this project were approximately $347,000.
Eater Drive Upgrade
- This project diverted stormwater from the Eater Drive and Harper Drive Intersection to the Maplewood Detention Pond. This project was completed in late 2004 at a total cost of approximately $245,000.
Lon Drive and Gates Drive
- Constructed in 2006, this project alleviated flooding along Lon Drive This project consisted of approximately 700 feet of new 30” storm sewer along Lon Drive beginning at the new Gates and Lon Intersection extending north U.S. 136 and an extension of a 48” storm sewer at Carolina Drive. The approximate cost of the storm sewer work was $123,000.
Gleason Drive Area
- This project reduced roadway flooding by improving the driving surface and providing curb and gutter, structures, storm sewer collection pipe, as well as underground storage in the Gates Drive, Gleason Drive, Carolina Drive, Eater Drive and Harper Drive areas. This project was completed in the Summer of 2012, costing $1,100,000.
Future Stormwater Drainage Projects
Projects are prioritized based on funding constraints as well as addressing those areas that have historically had the greatest adverse effects on the public and private property.
Indian Hills Pond and Outfall Improvements ($565,200) - This project will provide a new 30 inch outfall to the Indian Hills Pond and improved interconnection between the two ponds. This project will reduce high water levels experienced in the two ponds during normal rain fall.
North Murray Road Stormwater Improvements ($224,000) - This project will route the runoff gathered by the U.S. 136 and Murray Road storm sewer and divert from the low point on Murray road to I-57 via a 24 inch storm sewer. This will reduce downstream flooding along Murray Road. This project is currently in a conceptual stage and options are being discussed with adjacent property owners and the Drainage District.
Broadmeadow Subdivision ($350,000) - Broadmeadow Road and James Road also flood due to size deficiencies in the outlet storm sewer adjacent to the railroad tracks located in the Warner Residential Tract. A new sewer system is proposed to serve as a supplemental outfall for the area adjacent to the intersection of Broadmeadow Road and James Road This system consists of 18”, 24”, and 30” pipe that operate in conjunction with the existing storm sewer system. The discharge capacity of the storm sewer system increases as a result of the installation of this system which would ultimately be tied into the new 42” diameter South Murray Road Storm Sewer Improvement.
South Murray Road - Several flooding problems are identified in the area adjacent to Murray Road and U.S. Route 136. These problems are caused by drainage tile that discharge the storm runoff generated by this area. The primary problem is that capacity of the drainage tile is less than the storm runoff generated by the contributing area. The solution to this problem is to install a new storm sewer system that operates in parallel with the existing field tile. Currently, this area requires a 42” diameter storm sewer to discharge the runoff generated by the contributing area. This storm sewer would capture the runoff from the Broadmeadow and Roessler Meadow Subdivision and transport it south to a proposed detention pond before final release to a ditch along the rail road tracks. The estimated cost of this improvement is $600,000. The scope of this project may change based on development in this area.
Chandler Road Drainage ($230,000 - $510,000) - Several improvements are necessary to reduce flooding in the Southeast Corner of the Chandler / U.S. 45 Intersection.
Illinois Circle and Briarcliff - Currently the Public Works Department is evaluating these two areas to determine the most appropriate course of action.
Long Range Stormwater Projects
Beyond the above mentioned projects, the village has identified other projects in the community that require stormwater improvements. These projects were identified in the 1999 stormwater study completed by Sodemann and Associates. They include:
Grove Avenue and Baermann Drive Flooding ($150,000)
Southpointe Storm Sewer Improvements ($250,000)
Eagle Drive / Heritage Drive Relief Sewer and System Outfall Relief ($2,250,000).
Commander’s Subdivision and Airfield Relief Systems ($1,250,000)
Golfview Road and Perimeter Road Storm Sewer ($400,000)
Currently, the engineering firm, Burns and McDonnell are updating the Village’s Comprehensive Stormwater Study. As part this study they are documenting known drainage problems and are developing solutions and estimates to implement those solutions within the boundaries of the Village’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan.
Department of Public Works
G. Gregory Hazel, P.E.
Director of Public Works
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Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
200 W. Grove Ave.
Rantoul, IL 61866
Phone (217) 892-6526
Fax (217) 892-6527
333 S. Tanner
Rantoul, IL 61866
Ph: (217) 893-1661
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