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Sugar Grove officials approve agreement with IDOT

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 9:39 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday moved closer to starting a $4 million roadway improvement project that the state is paying for.

The village is working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to improve the intersection at Dugan and Granart roads in an effort to improve safety and the flow of traffic. Trustees approved an agreement with IDOT, as well as engineering firm TADI.

“The good news is, the project is nearly 100 percent funded by the state,” Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said.

He said TADI’s specialty is in doing traffic analysis, engineering, design and geometrics. The village agreed to enter a contract with the firm for $228,400, and Village President Sean Michels said the state will cover that cost, as well.

As part of the agreement with IDOT, the village is in charge of coordinating surveys, right-of-way acquisition, engineering and constructing the improvement, according to meeting documents. IDOT has agreed to spend up to $4 million for the project with a reimbursement method of payment.

Michels said IDOT plans to fund the whole project because state officials consider the area of Dugan and Granart roads as a regional area that would impact Route 30 traffic.

The project is slated to start in the summer of 2014 and is expected to wrap up by 2015. Michels said the intent is for the project to be completed in time for the 2016 Ladies Professional Golf Association’s International Crown, which will be held at Rich Harvest Farms.

Improvements to the intersection include realigning Granart Road to provide greater spacing from the intersection of Route 30 and the highway-railroad grade crossing, as well as improve geometrics, according to meeting documents.

Eichelberger said three rough concept designs for the intersection have already been drawn up, but they have not yet been studied through a traffic analysis.

The contracts agreed upon are subject to attorney review.

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