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Oak Park officials are expressing worry over the quality of work being performed on Roosevelt Road, as part of a roughly $9.5 million construction project.
Worked kicked off in March, as three communities — Oak Park, Berwyn and Cicero — are partnering to reinvent their shared border, with everything from brick sidewalks to decorative streets rights. Schaumburg-based A Lamp Concrete Contactors got the final leg of the project rolling this spring, with plans to finish by mid-November.
But Village Trustee Ray Johnson expressed concerns with the quality of A Lamp's work, during a meeting last week. Several residents voiced complaints about Roosevelt during the A Day in Our Village festival earlier this month, he said.
"I want to make sure people are looking over the work at every stage because, if someone is making a mistake, we'll catch it at corner one, not corner 12," Johnson said in a phone interview.
Because the majority of funding for the street's facelift comes from the state government, and Roosevelt is a state highway, the project had to be bid out by the state, rather than the village. And state rules say that Illinois has to go with the lowest qualified bidder, despite the fact that Oak Park has had issues with A Lamp in the past.
As such, Oak Park has kept a watchful eye on the project. Its designer, Terra Engineering, has been onsite, watching over the work, according to Village Engineer Jim Budrick. And they've come up with a "punch list" of issues to be resolved — including some crumbling concrete and improperly installed brickwork.
John Cashman, a resident engineer for Terra, said A Lamp is working to address those issues, and he expects Roosevelt to be finished on schedule.
"They are making the corrections now, at their cost, and we do not anticipate that this will further delay our schedule," Cashman said. "We will not give them leniency on this."
Art Daumke, A Lamp's superintendent for the job, deferred comment to project manager Jeff Moyer, who could not be reached late Monday.