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    General applications

    The Village uses several methods to extend the life of asphalt pavement in order to avoid expensive and disruptive roadway reconstruction projects. A neglected pavement may need to be replaced in 10-15 years, but a properly maintained pavement might last 30-40 years. This results in a great savings to the residents of Carol Stream.



    Due to a few years of shifting ground and thermal stresses, larger cracks in the pavement will eventually develop. At this point these larger cracks need to be filled with a flexible asphalt "crackfill" material. We use an asphalt liquid reinforced with polyethylene fibers. Although somewhat unsightly, this procedure prevents water from entering the pavement structure and creating larger cracks and potholes. Click here for a map of the streets which will have crackfilliing performed.

    Roadway Management System

    Engineering staff regularly inspects the pavement condition and enters the data into a computerized "roadway management system". This system documents the existing conditions, and helps predict future conditions based on past history. The reports generated by this system are used as tools to create the asphalt pavement maintenance portion of the capital improvements program.


    New asphalt pavements are sealed with an "asphalt rejuvenator". This product softens the asphalt, fills in small micro cracks, protects the pavement from oxidation (graying) due to sunlight exposure, and prevents water form entering the pavement structure. The expansion and contraction of water due to freeze/thaw cycles can quickly destroy a pavement. Sand is used for skid resistance.

    Restorative Seal

    The asphalt rejuvenator and crackfill procedures can usually be done twice on a pavement before a "restorative sealer" is used. This procedure covers the existing crackfill, fills in small cracks and pits, and again seals the pavement from water infiltration. Sand is also used to help restore a smooth surface. Restorative seal takes a little longer to cure than the rejuvenator because it is thicker and applied heavier.


    After the pavement surface is no longer serviceable, the asphalt is ground off and replaced as part of the "street resurfacing" or "structural overlay" programs. The structural overlay is a thicker overlay for industrial and heavily traveled roadways; it may also involve use of a pavement reinforcement to further strengthen the asphalt. At this point deteriorated curbs and sidewalks are also replaced if they meet our criteria.


    It is only after the entire pavement structure, surface and base, are no longer serviceable that the roadway will need to be reconstructed. Only then will all of the asphalt be removed and new layers of asphalt base and surface be constructed. When the new asphalt surface is placed the entire cycle of rejuvenator, crackfilling, and restorative seal procedures can be repeated. Concrete curb and sidewalk may also need to be replaced if it is in poor condition.

    Village Forms

    Helpful Information  
    The Community Development Department has prepared informational handouts that should be helpful to people in several areas.

    The process of registering your business with the Village goes beyond satisfying compliance with local ordinance requirements. The safety of your employees and protection of your property is very important to us. The information you provide with this application will help ensure the highest quality of service in the event of an emergency which affects your business. Information entrusted to the Village is not sold to outside parties, however, it is shared with local law enforcement, fire protection and paramedic agencies, and other governmental units which promote and protect the welfare of your employees and property.

    TownCenter8Welcome to Carol Stream. This section is design to provide you, the new resident, with the information you need to live in Carol Stream.

    The Village of Carol Stream was incorporated in 1959 at a time when only a few rural farmsteads surrounded by vast cornfields and pastures existed in this part of DuPage County. Today, the Village is part of the Chicago metropolitan region and a leader among western suburban DuPage County communities. The last official Village population census conducted in 2000 totaled 40,438 residents.

    The local housing stock includes a variety of dwelling types such as single-family homes in all price ranges, condominiums, town homes, apartments, senior independent retirement community living, and a senior group apartment housing complex. In general, the value of the local housing stock has consistently increased over the years.

    Carol Stream is home to more than 900 businesses and industries including several Fortune 500 companies. Peacock Engineering, DeMar Logistics Inc., A.J. Antunes & Co., Royal Die & Stamping Inc. , Inland Corrugated Packaging, Berlin Industries, Vickers Inc., Office Depot, Prince Castle, American Flange Co., Trans Tech America, Fed-Ex Ground Transport, Mercedes Benz of North America, Thyssen Krupp Specialty Steels, Tyndale House Publishing, FIC America, Ingram Micro, Inland Detroit-Diesel, and Moore Business Forms are among the many.

    Village residents who regularly travel the thirty-five miles to the Chicago Loop for business or cultural activities are only a forty-minute commute via the Wheaton, Bartlett or Hanover Park Metra commuter train stations. The RTA’s Suburban PACE transportation system provides convenient shuttle service to area residents commuting to local train stations, shopping centers, colleges, and hospitals. Local commuters will find an easy toll free access to I-290 (Eisenhower Expy.) by traveling east on North Ave or Army Trail Road to I-355 North. The Elgin-O’Hare Expressway provides convenient commuter access to the northwest suburbs, reached by traveling north on Gary Ave. past Lake Street.

    Select from the articles below for more information about living in Carol Stream

    A Public Notice is a way of informing the general public of government or government-related activities which may concern their local area, municipality, county, or state.

    Please review the list of current Public Notices.

    Single & Multi-Family Refuse, Recycling & Yard Waste Collection Program

    Carol Stream residents are served by Flood Brothers Disposal & Recycling Systems Co. of Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois, which has an exclusive franchise agreement with the Village to collect general refuse, yard waste and recycling from residents living in single-family homes and in multi-family rental communities. Flood Brother's service fleet is orange, white and green striped with Flood Brother's name detailed on the side of the collection trucks.

    Your support of the Village's residential recycling program is greatly appreciated and to this end, please ovserve the following guidelines to ensure the success of the curbside recycling toter program:

    • Do Not overfill the toter so the lid cannot close
    • Do Not exceed the toter's 150 lb. weight limit
    • Do Not bag your recyclables in paper or plastic
    • Do Not place excess recyclables on the toter lid
    • Do set out the toter so its handle faces the home and the opening faces the street.  Please Click here for an example of correct placement
    • Maintain a 2 ft. clearance on all sides of the toter
    • Flatten boxes and card board into 2"x 2' squares

    For more information on the Village's Residential curbside recycling program, call Flood Brothers Disposal Company at (630) 261-0578. Thank you for your support of this environmental initiative.

    The Engineering Services Department creates a variety of different reports on storm water management issues and activities.The Department is also involved in several organizations and committees that deal with the numerous storm water challenges the Village is facing. The challenges range from reducing flood damages to addressing storm water runoff pollution found in our streams and ponds.

    These organizations also generate reports and documents that help municipalities deal with storm water issues. The following identifies some of the more important and relevant documents prepared by Engineering or affecting the Village.

    500 North Gary Avenue | Carol Stream, Illinois 60188 | Phone: (630) 665-7050 | TDD: (630) 668-5785 | Fax: (630) 665-1064