JOLIET – Construction crews at Slammers' stadium have hit bedrock, and that's not good for the push to get artificial turf installed before winter.
But it's not so bad either, Public Works Director James Trizna said.
Crews hit bedrock in a section of the field along the left-field line where a drainage line needs to be installed.
"It's not the whole ball field," Trizna said Friday. "They have to break some rock to put a storm sewer in along the left-field line. ... It takes time to break rock. It will slow things up a little bit."
But Trizna said the bedrock is not seen as an issue in the ultimate goal to get artificial turf installed by spring baseball.
The installation of artificial turf includes the installation of a drainage system beneath the surface leading to the storm sewer line to carry water away.
The bedrock could affect the push to get artificial turf installed before construction has to stop for the winter. But the plan always contemplated finishing turf installation in early spring if needed with weather being the primary factor in getting the job done sooner or later.
Interim City Manager Marty Shanahan noted it's not unusual to run into unforeseen issues on construction projects.
Weather will likely play a more important role in getting the job done before winter, Shanahan said.
"It's all going to be weather dependent anyway," Shanahan said. "If it continues to be good weather, it won't be an issue."
Construction began in mid-September on the turf project at the city-owned stadium that also is being reconfigured to make room for soccer and other sports in addition to baseball. The city is installing artificial turf to create a surface that can accommodate more events at the stadium.
The project is being managed by Wight & Co.