Winnetka Village Hall

Bolstered by a $2 million grant from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, officials in Winnetka said Tuesday that they are moving ahead with a $4 million stormwater management project aiming to prevent flooding on the northwest side of the village. (Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune / July 2, 2014)

Bolstered by a $2 million grant from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, officials in Winnetka said Tuesday that they are moving ahead with a $4 million stormwater management project aiming to prevent flooding on the northwest side of the village.

The project, which required the approval of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, will provide drainage improvements in the Greenwood Avenue-Forest Glen neighborhood in northwest Winnetka, said Steve Saunders, Winnetka's director of public works.

The $4 million cost for the project includes paying for additional work requested by forest preserve district officials to restore the stability of the eroding east bank of the Tower Road lagoon, in addition to replacing the current bluegrass lawn encroachments on district property with native prairie vegetation, Saunders said.

Officials said they are planning to put the project out to bid this month, with hopes of hiring a construction firm by early September.

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