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The Department of Public Works continues to improve the Village's infrastructure with various ongoing projects this week. Crews were out in full force doing hydrant flushing and crack sealing.
Department of Public Works Director Roderick Ysaguirre explained the abovementioned projects and upcoming projects are essential.
"The purpose of crack sealing is all about preserving the pavement on streets throughout the Village," Ysaguirre said. "When a new road is reconstructed or resurfaced within the first five years, you'll notice some reflective cracking come through. We have to do crack sealing to preserve the pavement's lifecycle."
Ysaguirre said crack sealing is just one of many things his department does to improve and preserve the Village's infrastructure. He said twice a year, crews flush hydrants to make sure they're working correctly.
"Hydrant flushing is an essential routine and preventive maintenance task that helps remove built-up rust, sediment, and minerals from the water distribution system, verifies proper hydrant operation, evaluates hydrant flow, and replenishes fresh potable water," Ysaguirre said.
Ysaguirre added they are planning projects ahead of the winter season and finishing up current ones.
"Right now, we're finishing ongoing projects," Ysaguirre said. "Those projects include the elevated water tank, repainting and rebranding the water tower on the south end of the Village, and we're doing lawn restoration right now."
Ysaguirre said in the coming months, crews will attend an annual salt and ice training to prepare for the winter. Additionally, he said crews will be filling potholes throughout the Village.
Though winter is still months from now, Ysaguirre said it is crucial for residents to get familiar with the snow routes and parking restrictions in the Village so they'll be prepared.