Groveland Levee Flood Risk Management Project

March 31, 2021 Update

The Village Board has received preliminary design renderings of the Groveland Floodwall. To view current renderings please click on Flood Control Wall Appearance Options in Quick Links.

During April, the following board and commission meetings will have the Groveland Floodwall Design on their agendas for public discussion and feedback:

The Village Board and Commissions welcome feedback on the floodwall design during these meetings. Please note that these meetings will be conducted via Zoom.  If you are unable to attend the Zoom meetings, you may submit your public comment to Village Clerk Cathy Haley at

The Village Board may provide direction to Village Staff and the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the design of the wall on April 15 based on feedback received during the above meetings.

Currently, there is a floodwall on Groveland Avenue; however, due to elevations in the area, flooding occurs around the floodwall.  The scope of the proposed Groveland Avenue Levee Flood Risk Management Project includes extending the existing floodwall. By extending the floodwall, flooding in this area will be diminished significantly; however, extending the floodwall will not remove adjacent properties from the floodplain.

This project was presented to Village staff in 2015; however, at that time it was noted that the Village did not have the resources to fund the non-federal portion of the project. Discussions resumed in 2017 after Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) notified the Village that they would fund the non-federal portion of the costs of the project. The modeling that was completed by both, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) was reviewed by the Village Engineers at Burke Engineering. 

The US Army Corps of Engineers outlined the Groveland Avenue Levee Flood Risk Management Project and the benefits to residents in the impacted area at the Village Board Meeting on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Representatives Burke Engineering were in attendance at the meeting to answer questions from residents and the Village Board.  Representatives from MWRD and IDNR were unable to attend the meeting, however, they reviewed various modeling, participated in discussions and are supportive of the project. Below is an outline of the project costs and a tentative timeline:

Estimated Project Costs

  • Project Engineering and Design:  $659,465
  • Construction Management:  $299,172
  • Lands and Damages:  $513,632
  • Relocations:  $1,021,993
  • Construction:  $4,665,820
  • Total Project Costs:  $7,160,082
  • Federal Cost:  $4,654,054
  • Non-Federal Cost:  $2,506,028

Project Funding Update as of November 21, 2020

  • Federal:  $500,000 (65%)
  • Non-Federal:  $269,231 (35% - MWRD)
  • Total Funding Available:  $769,231
  • Total Obligated:  $130,479.64
  • Remaining Design Funds:  $638,751.36

Proposed Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) Timeline

  • Finalize Changes to PPA and transmit to LRD*:   October 29, 2018
  • LRD finishes Review:  October 31, 2018
  • LRD signs approval Memo:  November 15, 2018
  • PPA forwarded to Riverside for Consideration:  November 16, 2018
  • PPA Considered by Riverside:  December 6, 2018 VBOT Meeting
  • PPA Signed by Riverside if approved:  December 7, 2018
  • PPA Signed by Chicago District: December 7, 2018

Proposed Project Schedule

  • PPA Signed:  December 2018
  • Arrival of Funds from USACE:  Late December 2018
  • Arrival of Funds from Riverside (MWRD):  January 2019
  • Commence Design Phase:  February 2019
  • Complete Design Phase:  February 2020 (DECISION POINT ON MOVING TO CONSTRUCTION) 
  • Award Contract:  May 2020
  • Construction Starts:  Fall 2020
  • Construction Complete:  Fall 2022

Project Schedule Update as of November 21, 2020

  • Finalize Alignment (50%) - Spring 2021
  • Final Engineering and Design - Spring 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Real Estate Acquisition - 12-18 months
  • Award Construction Contract - Summer 2022
  • Construction Begins - Fall/Winter 2022
  • Construction Ends - Summer 2024

If the village is supportive of this project moving forward, the village board will approve a Project Partnership Agreement and an Intergovernmental Agreement with the MWRD for funding the local share (non-federal portion) costs of the project.

To send a FOIA Request directly to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, please click on the following link:

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