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Construction Advisory: Residents of Laurel, Linden, Forest, Elm

Weather permitting, pavement grinding on the streets listed above is scheduled to begin after the curb and gutter replacement is complete on the week of June 19. The pavement is scheduled to be milled down about 2.5 inches. Driveways adjacent to the grinding operations may be temporarily inaccessible while the operations move past.  

After grinding, base patching will be completed. During base patching the road will be excavated down about 8 inches and filled with asphalt where base failures are identified. Please use caution when driving in the area. Because the streets are so narrow, through-traffic may be temporarily blocked for short periods, and motorists will need to go around and access the neighborhood from another direction. Streets will be fully available for use by the end of each day.

After patching is complete, the street will be cleaned prior to applying a prime coat (tar-like material). The prime coat allows the resurfacing to bond completely with the original pavement. WATCH FOR “FRESH OIL” SIGNS. These will typically be placed just outside of the construction zone at least 24 hours before the application of road oil.  The first layer of asphalt will be placed closely following the application of the prime coat.

The Village of Libertyville requests that all vehicles are off the streets listed above from 7am to 5pm.

For any questions regarding the construction, please call Kevin Betke (Resident Engineer with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd.) at (847) 833-0252 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or the Engineering Division Office at (847) 918-2100. You can also email Kevin Betke at 

For any problems which may develop after hours, please call the Police non-emergency number (847) 362-8310, and they will contact the proper personnel for follow-up. Thank you again for your cooperation.

As always, your patience throughout this process is greatly appreciated. 


•    Please ask your children to avoid playing in the street after the road oil is applied, and check the bottoms of their shoes before they come into the house. 

•    Park in garages or in your driveways as far from the street as possible. With windy weather, droplets of spray can be carried several feet.

•    If you are driving and see a tank truck or men spraying oil on the street ahead of you, please consider detouring around the area.

•    The fresh oil has a wet-looking, dark brown appearance. When the color becomes black with only a slight sheen, the oil has cured. This color change will usually occur within one hour during the hot summer weather, but may take up to 3 hours in cool weather, especially if the pavement is shaded.

•    If you must drive through a freshly-oiled area, we strongly recommended that you reduce your speed to 5 to 10 m.p.h. When driving over oil which has cured, we suggest you not exceed 20 m.p.h. 

•    If you find that your tires have thrown oil onto the sides of your vehicle, any commercially available "bug and tar" remover should safely remove it. It is best to do this cleaning as soon as possible, the material gets more difficult to remove the longer it is left on.

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