Phase Five of the Silver Creek Stabilization and Concrete Removal Project (area on the west side of Winston Plaza up to 15th Avenue) is underway. In the past, bank erosion was impacting the roadway and guard rails along Winston Plaza. Streambank erosion along residential areas was also occurring. The plans include to improve water quality by protecting the banks with rock toe, re-grading the banks to a stable slope, and installing desirable deep-rooted native vegetation. Funding for this project was provided, in part, to the Village of Melrose Park by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The project is required in order to stabilize steeply eroding banks in a narrow corridor. Removal of shallow-rooted and invasive shrubs and trees is required in part because they prevent regrading of the banks to a stable and slope, they form dense shade that prevents native deep-rooted vegetation from holding the steep bank slopes and soils in place. The proposed project will be similar in appearance to past Phases of work to stabilization Silver Creek extending between Elsie Drive and First Avenue.
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Last modified: March 7, 2023