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Crystal Creek 

Project Phase 2 

Phase I, the Lawrence Ave culvert, was completed in 2000.  Phase II, railroad yard culvert replacements, were completed in 1996.   

Crystal Creek Phase 2A comprises a channel improvement from the west edge of Schiller Park railroad upstream to the State Tollway Authority, and incorporating environmental design features. Phase IIA, the channel improvement and culvert replacements on Crystal Creek and Sister Stream, is complete except for final landscaping.  All of the permits for the project have been extended to 2015.  

The remaining project consists of Phase IIB which includes channel improvements and culvert modifications on Sister Stream and Sexton Ditch.  The project is complete.  

When completed the improvements will serve to protect the Village of Schiller Park and Franklin Park from the massive flood damages they have felt in the past.

Flooding Issues

Schiller Park experienced 6"-9" of rain July 24, 2010 flooding numerous homes, damaging property and forcing road closures. 

  • 2008, September 14 Flooding Video 
  • 2008, September 14 Flooding Video 
  • 2009, June 19 Flooding Video
  • 2009, June 19 Flooding Video
  • 2011, July 23 Flooding Video 

The Project Components

The project consists of widening the existing natural channel by constructing a rectangular channel with an 18 to 28 foot wide natural bottom. The channel walls will vary in height (between 9 and 12 feet) and be constructed out of large segmental concrete blocks. This gravity type of wall, without tie-backs, was necessary due to the limited availability of right-of-way and desire to minimize the impact of property acquisition to the local homeowner.

Along with the nearly ½ mile long channel improvement, seven pedestrian bridges are being built along with one double concrete box extension, additional barrels are being added to two existing box culverts, and three existing stream crossings are being removed and replaced with new double concrete box culverts.

Phase IIB will involve channel improvements on Sister Stream and Sexton Ditch. 

This project will remove 261 structures from the 100 year flood plain.

Schiller Park Blog

The Village of Schiller Park maintains an ongoing blog updating progress on construction of the project.