Oak Park officials concerned about Roosevelt Road

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

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.

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The Truth Hurts  

Posted: June 16th, 2011 12:54 PM

McCarthy, Its state dollars. We are not talking about the money, but the quality.

John McCarthy from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: June 16th, 2011 12:48 PM

If Mayor Lovero of Berwyn and Larry Dominick of Cicero are anywhere near the paving contracts, grab your wallets with one hand and a shotgun with the other. Who do you Doopers think you're in bed with? The Bobsy twins? A word to the wise: there ought to be numerous watchdogs out there every minute of every day till it's finished.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 6:43 PM

Thanks for the info. Sen. Lightford's office needs to be informed and involved.

cdonovan  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 5:16 PM

A Lamp has been working on 5th Avenue in Maywood for years, perhaps it is Sen. Lightford who should investigage, because her district covers OP andf Maywood. Sen. Harmon's district doesn't include Roosevelt Road.

Juan DeSantiago from OP  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 4:14 PM

Just this past weekend I told my wife the quality of the work looked lousy. Turns out I'm not the only one who had this thought.

Rick Hutt from Oak Park  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 1:34 PM

Someone is watching the work every day? I haven't seen a worker or supervisor doing anything for weeks. Do they work late at night and quietly?

Resident from Oak Park  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 1:28 PM

Payment should be withheld until the final product is acceptable. But who is overseeing the work as it is being done?

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 12:36 PM

Is the State providing any oversight or is this the sole responsibility of the local governments. Sen. Don Harmon needs to get involved to ensure that the contractor does not get paid until their work meets acceptable standards.

john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 12:04 PM

"Oak Park officials are expressing worry over the quality....." I question the use of a plural in the opening sentence of this article. I find only one Oak Park official, Ray Johnson, questioning the quality issue. The rest of the on-the-ground professional quoted said there is a problem and it is being addressed. This appears to be a creative story to give politicians a chance to show their concern while avoiding the real issues the public asked to be addressed.

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