Below are a list of major projects underway or recently completed.  For additional information, please call Village Hall at 217-496-2621, Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm or email info@shermanil.org 

I.  Sherman/Williamsville Bike & Hike Trail Connecting the Two Sister Villages

After ten years in the making, the Villages of Sherman and Williamsville were awarded a $2 million grant in October 2016 for a $2.8 million dollar estimated project under a grant offered through the Federal Government and administered through Illinois Department of Transportation under the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) which has been established to improve bicycle and pedestrian travel and other nonmotorized alternative travel options.  The Villages are responsible for up to 20% of the total project cost shared between the Villages.

The proposed 4.4-mile multi-use Bike and Hike Trail will connect the two Villages and will provide a safe access and non-motorized access for residents and users to enjoy. The Villages hope that in the future the trail could be a component of the Route 66 Trail, which connects Chatham and Springfield and Sherman. 

STATUS UPDATE April 2022.  TRAIL OPENED FOR PUBLIC USE.

Plans for Grand Opening in Spring 2022 with sister City, Williamsville.

II.  Multi-Use Path – West of Old Tipton School Road from Red Bud Run into Village Park.

Part of Phase 1 of Safety Access Route to Sherman Village Park.  Engineers are completing the final design plans for the new multi use path system (non motor vehicles) for a safe access route for walkers, non motorized bikers, joggers, and pedestrian traffic.  Plans to be presented to Village Board in upcoming months for funding and construction time line.

Phase II of Safety Access Route is completed for non motorized path that will connect Red Bud Run to St John's Drive.  

STATUS UPDATE APRIL 2022.  On April 26 Village Board authorized the Village President and Village Administrator to execute agreement with Bidder on the trail construction.  Trail construction schedule from Sherman Village Park to St. John's Drive will be announced soon.

III. Road Improvement Projects around Village.  

The Village Board issued bonds in February 2021 with a majority of the funding to be directed toward mill and overlay projects in the Village.  The Village Engineer is to present plans on which roads are in highest priority in the next few months.  

With the rise in construction materials and costs, staff have been researching grant and/or state-county funding  to supplement or matching funding for road improvement.

Status Update APRIL 2022.  Preliminary plans from engineer on which roads are high priority will be presented to the Board for review, discussion and approval at future Board meetings. 

Plans to go to bid in May with construction for mill and overlay anticipated for Summer/FALL 2022.


IV.  Splash Pad/Decorative Fence Project.  

The Village Board has approved the general design and layout for a splash playground at Sherman Village Park.  Designs have been submitted to IDPH and were approved in recent month.

Decorative fencing around the splash pad, playground area and other areas of the park that will include a grand entry point is set to be presented to the Board.

Status Update April 2022.  Board approved bid documents in March.  Bids under review by Architect.  Action to be taken in near future to accept a bid or go back to rebid.


V.Waldrop Park Additional Softball Field Upgrade.  Working in conjunction with the Sherman Area Girls Softball group adding additional (4th) softball field, fencing, dugouts, bleacher seating, concession upgrades and more.

Status Update April 2022. Board approved contract in March to begin 4th Field development at Waldrop Park to support the Sherman Area Girls Softball program.  Project construction to begin in May.


VI. Other projects under review by Staff/Engineer include:

  • Fitness Stations Along 1 mile Trail in Sherman Village Park.
  • New Entry Signs into Village with Digital Displays
  • Concrete Connector Trails in Sherman Village Park for ease of access.
  • Route 66 Park Upgrades pending grant opportunities.
  • Non Motorized Connector Trails from subdivisions to trails and park .. granting application begins in August 2022.
  • . . . and more to come . .