Below are a list of major projects underway or recently completed. For additional information, questions or suggestions please call Village Hall at 217-496-2621, Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm.
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 JUNE 1. TRAIL CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY WITH AN ANTICIPATED COMPLETION DATE OF 2022
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 in the initial planning stages for non motorized path that will connect Red Bud Run to St John's Drive.
STATUS UPDATE JUNE 1. FINAL EASEMENTS AND ENGINEERING DESIGNS ARE UNDERWAY WITH ANTICIPATED BID LETTING IN FALL/WINTER 2021/22.
Road Improvement Projects around Village.
Thee 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 June 1. Pending Village Engineer road project priority lists and estimated costs in current market.
Sherman Village Park Landscape Project. The Village Board has approved the landscape design by Coppertree of Springfield for the ground directly south of the playground.
Status June 1. Project completed. Watering and maintenance program initiated to care for the landscaping through the public works department.
Splash Pad Project. The Village Board has approved the general design and layout for a splash play ground at Sherman Village Park. Designs are underway.
Anticipated construction in early Spring 2021 with a completion date expected for Memorial Day weekend 2021.
Status June 1. Design plans presented to IDPH for licensing. IDPH has allocated much of their resources to the COVID pandemic which has delayed licensing with the State. Delays by IDPH have pushed the project timeline another year out to Spring/Summer 2022.