The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 15, 2013

24-hour operation

Sewer, tunnel work coming up


DANVILLE — One day next week, work on the Fairchild overpass project will become a 24-hour operations. Urban Services director David Schnelle said starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, there will be storm sewer boring taking place for 24 hours.

“On Tuesday, they’re set to start installing the (60-inch) storm sewer beneath the railroad tracks,” Schnelle said.

The operations will run 24 hours until they are completed, he said.

“We have to have someone on site at all times in case there are any issues,” Schnelle said about coordination and making decisions. This will mean overtime hours and pay.

Trains continue to operate during all work.

Also with the project, the wall system on the west end is starting to be installed, the east end is excavated and approval from the railroads has been received to begin filling in the rest of the tunnels, Schnelle said.

The tunnels were filled with gravel or compacted dirt as high as they could be. Now the rest of the tunnels will be filled with grout. That work will take a couple days, according to Schnelle.

As long as the ground isn’t frozen, work can continue.

Schnelle said after the storm sewer is in, the work will “really start moving a lot quicker.”

The overpass is still scheduled to be completed in May 2014.

“We’re moving along. As the weather cooperates, we will pick up time,” Schnelle said, but added if the weather doesn’t cooperate time could be lost.

The project replaces the Fairchild Subway with an overpass between Rogers Street and Bowman Avenue. The new 1,200 foot long structure includes two bridges and retaining walls.

The project is funded with $3 million from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, $12 million from the Illinois Commerce Commission and $7 million from the Illinois Jobs Now program.

O’Neil Brothers is the contractor for the project.

Residents can receive a weekly update on the project on the city’s Website at: There also is a live video feed.