Village of Heyworth Project Updates and Impact Notifications

Last Updated: August 30, 2023

The Village of Heyworth has several major projects this year that are going to cause impacts from time to time, including road closures, water services being temporarily disrupted, boil orders for water service, Centennial Park impacts, and others.   The following is intended to help provide updates on these projects, the impacts that may be present, and provide information on who to contact if you are experiencing issues resulting from these projects.  More information about the projects intended this year can also be found here.   An update on these projects that is provided with the September water bills can also be found here.  

"2020 Water Main Project"

The areas where the new water mains are being installed as part of the "2020 Water Main Project" can be found here.   Installation of these new mains are nearly completed.  Most of the work remaining entails restoring any disturbed areas in the rights-of-way, including filling in holes and reseeding grass areas and patching cuts in the streets. 

Before water services from homes are being transferred from the old water mains to the new water mains, you should receive a "green tag" at your home notifying you of an upcoming temporary loss of water and then further notification that water service is restored after the transfer is completed.  Unfortunately, we are also experiencing failures of some of the 1935 water mains during the installation process.  If you experience loss of water and there was not prior notice being given to you of this loss of water service, please check here to see if an update is posted on our website about this loss of service.  If no update is posted here, please contact Village Hall at (309) 473-2811 to notify the Village Hall of this loss of service.  If this loss of service occurs after normal business hours, please contact the Heyworth Police Department at (309) 888-5030 and report the loss of service.  

We recognize the inconvenience these installations are causing, such as with roads being cut and gravel temporarily placed for patching, sidewalks being removed, and grass areas in the rights-of-way being dug up or disturbed.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during these major construction projects.  As a part of this contract, any area disturbed is required to be restored to the same or similar condition.  Roads will be patched, sidewalks will be replaced, and grass areas will be restored.  Additionally, the Village has plans to overlay at least two city blocks a year in its 5-year planning, and in 2024, there will be at least 4 city blocks either reconstructed or overlayed.  The Village has waited to improve several streets until this work is completed.  

Additionally, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has informed the Village that it intends to overlay both Cleveland Avenue (U.S. Highway 136) and Vine Street (Old 51) within the Village next year.  When this work is performed, several intersections along those roads will be overlayed at these areas, which will further improve the roads within the Village and help improve areas currently being disturbed by all the construction activities within the Village over the last couple of years.  

Please check here for boil order information as well.

"Centennial Park Improvements Project"

The Village is nearly completed with installing the new playground equipment, dock, sidewalks, benches, frisbee golf, and new sand volleyball area that is a part of the OSLAD grant the Village received.  The playground area remains CLOSED until further notice.

The two new roads and parking lots (one road extending north from the new west entrance to near Fields 3 and 4, where a new, larger parking lot will be constructed, as well as another new road that will extend east/west and that will extend east of the main park road to another new parking lot near the playground equipment) will not likely be finished until 2024.  The rock and millings at Centennial Park are intended for this part of the project.  Most of these improvements are also a part of the OSLAD grant awarded to the Village.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this project.  

"2022 Karr Street Project"

The "2022 Karr Street Project" is getting closer to completion, and installation of the curbs and roadway will be starting shortly, weather permitting.  This project was significantly delayed while Ameren Illinois relocated electric poles and natural gas mains in the construction area.  Water main installations are completed.   A notice related to this project can be found here, which was recently drafted after the Village received the schedule from the contractor constructing the project.  They could not provide their schedule until recently due to the work that Ameren was performing.  

After the curb and road are installed, the driveway approaches and new sidewalk that is going to be installed on the west side of Karr Street will be completed.  

The mailboxes for residents that live on Karr, Magnolia, and Sunset Streets have been relocated to the north side of Randolph Street near Karr Street to assure accessibility to the mailboxes and for continued mail delivery during construction.  These mailboxes have been labeled with the corresponding house number and street.

The storm sewer installations on Thomas Drive will likely be under construction soon and completed by the end of the year.  Driveway approaches within the Village's right-of-way will be cut along this area.  Driveway approaches will be resurfaced after the storm sewer is installed, and a sidewalk will also be installed on the north side of Thomas Drive as a part of this project.  

Again, we recognize this project has been very inconvenient, particularly for the residents residing in this area.  Thank you once again for your patience and understanding during this very inconvenient period.  

Volunteer Park Splash Pad

Is now OPEN!  Enjoy!