Pavement Management Program
The 2019 Pavement Management Program resurfaced/repaired 10.6 miles of roadway in the Village. A map detailing which streets were resurfaced or patched is available.
Resurfacing work utilizes the heat scarification process, which is an efficient and cost-effective recycling measure. The system heats and then smoothens the existing street asphalt in preparation for a new overlay. Tinley Park has been recognized by the asphalt recycling industry for using this environmentally friendly program.
Please note that heat from the scarification process can cause temporary discoloration of grass and tree leaves near the project, but the color will return in a few months.
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the Village's Pavement Management Program.
What work will be done?
In some cases, drainage improvements will be made, then curb and gutter will be removed in certain locations, followed by the roadway being ground so the new road can match curb elevations. A first (leveling) course of asphalt is applied and, finally, the new surface course is placed.
When will the project start?
The Pavement Management Program typically begins in mid-May. The project usually begins with a pre-construction meeting in which the contractor is required to provide a scheduled start date. Start dates are posted on the Village website, and if there is work to effect the residential parking, notices will be posted to the residents.
When will the project be completed?
The Pavement Management Project typically is completed by the end of the summer, weather permitting. Project contracts include completion dates. These times are posted and updated on the Village website.
What is a curb? What is it used for?
Concrete curbs or combined curbs and gutters serve several important functions. Curbs collect water from crowned pavements and convey it to points of collection, thus reducing the amount of water that gets under the pavement. Curbs outline the edges of pavements and provide easily definable borders between traveled and untraveled surfaces. Curbs also confine pavement structures, especially if the pavements are composed of layers of materials that must be compacted in-place. In addition, curbs help contain low speed traffic within the edges of pavements.
How do I know which curbs are being removed?
Engineering staff begin observing and marking curbs for removal in mid-April. Removal areas will be between the marked arrows. If the removal is proposed in front of a driveway, the Village will provide you with a notice and agreement to all this work to be done.
Where am I supposed to park?
Drivers can park on any street that is not being worked on by the PMP contractors. The contractor will give residents access to their driveways, but keep in mind you may have to drive across your yard to get around the curb work. If your curb line is not being repaired, you are welcome to park there as long as the parking follows street ordinances (vehicle removed by 6:30 a.m. the following day, and there is access to any work within 25 feet of the location you park).
Will I have access to my driveway?
The curb and/or sidewalk at your driveway may need to be replaced. If so, you may not be able to access your driveway for up to five days. The contractor will make the driveway accessible when it is safe to drive on the curb/sidewalk. Your driveway will be repaired as the schedule dictates. The contractor is responsible for issuing driveway notices to each home in which work will be done in front of a driveway. These notices are required to be delivered a few days in advance of work. The contractor also will knock on the resident’s door the morning the work will begin.
Concrete driveways generally take five days. Residents can drive across their lawns if they have to get access their driveways. Hot mix asphalt (HMA) driveways typically take only take a few hours, meaning residents can drive on it without leaving tire marks. The cooler the weather, the quicker it cools.
Will the Police Department let me park on the street overnight during the project?
Yes. The Tinley Park Police Department will allow overnight parking on the street as long as a valid parking permit is displayed. All vehicles must be moved by 6:30 a.m. on weekdays to accommodate construction traffic. The Village strongly encourages residents to work with their neighbors to share driveways.
Why isn't my curb being replaced?
Curbs are designed for drainage. It's unusual for there to be a problem, as most curbs are fine and drain properly. Generally, if a curb needs to be replaced it's because it has shifted, broken or doesn’t drain properly. In order to stay on-budget, the Village must follow its procedure and stay within the guidelines for replacement (and not replace simply for aesthetic reasons).
The Village places the most importance on curbs that have excessive damage/cracking, as well as locations where water sits in the curbline due to an insufficient slope in the curbline.
Your curb may not meet the criteria for removal and therefore wasn't approved for replacement. Please call the Tinley Park Public Works Department at (708) 444-5500 for more information.
Why isn't my entire apron being replaced?
A driveway apron is the parkway portion of your driveway, from the curb to the sidewalk. When a curb is being replaced, a 3-foot section of the apron will be removed before replacement to align the new curb to the driveway. Due to the Village's budget, the entire apron cannot be replaced. In order to get the most curb done for the lowest cost, the Village must focus on operation and not aesthetics.
Why was the sidewalk on the corner removed?
Public Works changes sidewalks on corners to conform to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. If a corner sidewalk does not cross to either a driveway or another ADA-compliant sidewalk, it will be removed and replaced with dirt and sod.
They worked on my curb, and now the curb and driveway aren't the same height. Why is this?
There are several reasons for this, including:
a. The curb may have dropped. Curbs are replaced to the original level in order to convey water away from your yard.
b. Most likely your apron/driveway settled at the same time as the curb.
c. Curbs and aprons are repaired in order to get runoff to flow into the curbline and to a storm drain. This most likely requires your curbline and apron elevations to be modified, resulting in a driveway sloped toward the street.
The Village doesn't depress existing high curbs if:
a. The curb doesn't warrant removal
b. The driveway is constructed of brick-paver
c. Depressing the curb will cause an unsafe grade change between the curb and sidewalk
Otherwise, the Village replaces driveway curbing with depressed curbing wherever possible.
Why didn't they fix a larger section of my curb?
The contractor replaces only what needs to be replaced to fix drainage issues.
Why is my grass burned and the leaves falling off my parkway tree?
This happens when the scarifier heats the road and causes the grass to brown and leaves to fall off. This does not damage the root system of the tree or the grass. They will go dormant temporarily, but will come back.
What is a heater scarifier?
A heater-scarifier is used to loosen and heat the existing asphalt surface in order to roll and re-grade it. It is one technique of hot-in-place recycling of asphalt concrete. This pretreatment improves the quality of the overlay.
The grass was not restored. Will this ever get done?
The PMP contract has deadlines that must be completed on time (lawn restoration usually occurs in October). Contractors are instructed to put dirt and seed first. If that doesn’t take, the contractor will replace the dirt and seed with sod by the end of September.
Why was my street selected to be resurfaced?
In addition to performing an annual road assessment, the Village looks at data compiled using a standard industry process to establish roadway conditions. If your street is being worked on it was determined to be a high priority for that year. Roads are selected based on a few determining factors, including pavement cracking, pot holes, slopes and/or grading issues.
How much does the project cost, and how is it funded?
The total cost of the 2018 Pavement Management Program is about $2.7 million. Of that amount, a percentage is paid from the Village’s share of the State of Illinois' Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) Fund and the balance from the Village’s Roadway Fund. The project budgets are based on the amount of MFT funds collected from the State, along with the amount that is allocated to the Village budget each year.
Will school buses and garbage trucks be able to use the road?
Yes. The roadway will be open to traffic. At times, there may be slight delays caused by the work. The Village also may request that you place your refuse and recycling out earlier than normal in an effort to complete the area pick-ups before construction begins.
What happens if the contractor damages my mailbox, sprinkler system or dog fence?
If you notice damage to your mailbox, please report it to Public Works immediately at (708) 444-5500. If you're aware of the location of your sprinkler heads or dog fence, please mark them with flags, paint or notify the Village or contractor directly. This will allow the contractor to use greater caution in your area when removing the curb. Please be aware that the Village will not pay for the repair of any sprinkler, dog fence or other encroachment in the right-of-way.
Will the road be closed?
Roads will remain open at all times. However, there may be traffic delays due to construction activities throughout the project. This may encourage residents that know alternate routes to consider using them.
Why does it take so long to complete the project? Why isn't the contractor working today?
The contractor is required to complete the work by a date specified in the contract. They are permitted to schedule the work in any way they choose, as long as the final deadline is met. Factors affecting the contractor’s schedule are workload, subcontractor availability and weather.
Can I drive on tack oil?
Yes, but please drive slowly to minimize spray. If you have a brick or concrete driveway, avoid driving into your driveway while the tack oil is on the pavement. The Village does not pay to have oil removed from vehicles. Residents who know alternate routes are encouraged to use them to avoid getting tack coat (oil) on their vehicles.