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Route 38, UP railroad overpass project approved in Geneva

GENEVA – Geneva aldermen Monday approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad for the Route 38/railroad overpass, mirroring a similar project at Keslinger Road where the grade is separated over the railroad tracks.

Aldermen first recommended approval of the agreement and the city’s cost of $237,000 at the committee of the whole, then took final action at a special City Council meeting immediately afterward.

Public Works Director Dan Dinges said the project is scheduled to begin next month.

The project encompasses 1.64 miles of Route 38 from 1,000 lineal feet east of Kirk Road to 1,500 lineal feet east of Technology Boulevard on the city’s east side.

Route 38 is to be widened and realigned to allow for a grade-separating bridge to take traffic over the UP railroad tracks. The intersection of Route 38 and Kautz Road will be incorporated on the structure with a new signal system installed.

In addition to Geneva’s cost, $30.7 million will come from federal transportation funds, the state will put up $7.6 million and DuPage County will pay $25,000 for a project cost of nearly $39 million, according to the project agreement.

Also approved at committee and the special council meeting was a contract award to Hardin Paving to finish improvements at Prairie Ridge and Stonewood Glen subdivisions due to a failure by the developer to complete the work.

The money – $83,860 for Prairie Ridge and $24,380 for Stonewood Glen – is from a letter of credit required to be posted by the developer in the event of a failure.

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