Sugar Creek Watershed Drainage Improvement Project

General Information

Project Location(s):
South Michigan Avenue, Jackson Pond, the Willowcrest Subdivision, Willowbrook Park, and South Ardmore Avenue.
Project Status:
Under Construction
Construction Start Date:
March 2018
Construction Completion Date:
Design Engineer:
V3 Companies of Illinois, Ltd.


The Sugar Creek Watershed Drainage Improvement Project is a large scale multi-year plan to reduce local flooding frequency and severity. The Sugar Creek project has been broken up into multiple projects that will be bid and constructed separately over the course of several years. More detailed information on these projects can be found below.

Project Updates

Posted DateDescription
May 22, 2020Jackson Pond Expansion Project: Engineering design of the pond expansion is complete, but the project has not been able to proceed to construction due to concerns from School District 45. In addition to affecting the project timeline, those concerns have also resulted in significantly higher estimates for construction costs. In response, staff has been actively seeking out external funding sources and submitting funding applications. Staff submitted another such grant application this week to the Rebuild Illinois Fast Track Program that was announced by Governor Pritzker last week. Staff is optimistic about the application’s chances and hopes to receive a decision on whether or not the project will receive funding by the end of June. Separately from the pond expansion efforts, design of the upstream stormwater improvements on Wisconsin and Addison is still in the planning stages. Staff is working with the prospective design engineer to establish the scope of those design efforts.
April 18, 2019Jackson Pond Expansion Project: this future project is currently in the planning stages. Staff is working with the prospective design engineering consultant to establish the scope of design efforts.