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Tunneling to begin for Randall, Keslinger bike underpass

GENEVA – Work crews soon will begin drilling a new tunnel under Randall Road near Delnor Hospital to create a safer path for bicyclists and pedestrians to get from one side of the busy highway to the other.

In recent weeks, contractors hired by the Kane County Division of Transportation have begun preparing sidewalls and supports on both sides of Randall Road, just south of Keslinger Road, to prepare the site to begin tunneling under Randall.

When completed, the tunnel will run from near South Street, just south of Randall and Keslinger roads’ intersection, to a point opposite South Street across Randall Road.

From there, the county would construct a bicycle path that would run north, cross Keslinger Road and connect with existing trails surrounding Delnor Hospital in Geneva.

Steve Coffinbargar, assistant director of transportation at KDOT, said the work began during the winter, and county officials hope to complete the work in the fall.

Coffinbargar said the tunneling work will begin soon, moving from the west side of Randall Road to the east side.

From there, the new trail will be constructed, and the county hopes to have the tunnel and trail open for public use no later than spring 2014, Coffinbarger said.

The project has been in the works for several years and was authorized by the Kane County Board in 2011.

The project was awarded to Martam Construction of Elgin. It will cost $1.87 million, with 80 percent of that amount coming from funds awarded by the federal government, Coffinbargar said.

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