Sugar Grove closer to I-88, Route 47 agreement

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 5:14 p.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – Sugar Grove officials Tuesday discussed an agreement that, if approved, would lead to implementing a full interchange at Route 47 and Interstate 88.

During a Committee of the Whole meeting, officials discussed an annexation agreement for property on I-88 and Route 47, along with an intergovernmental agreement and a letter of intent with the Illinois Department of Transportation, all of which is slated to be voted on at the next regular board meeting Oct. 1.

A public hearing also is planned Oct. 1 regarding the plans for the interchange. With the upgrades, which could start as early as 2015, I-88 and Route 47 would allow vehicles to travel from Route 47 eastbound toward Chicago on the interstate highway.

Currently, vehicles are limited to either exiting I-88 from the eastbound direction or entering I-88 headed westbound. In that, the interchange is distinct, became it is one of only two interchanges of its kind – limiting vehicles to westbound maneuvers – on I-88.

Village officials anticipate that the first engineering phase of the $20 million project will cost about $735,000. IDOT has committed to funding up to $4,925,000 of the project, which is expected to be finished by fiscal 2019. Aside from IDOT, the village is partnering with the county and the Illinois Tollway to fund the project.

Village President Sean Michels said the Illinois Tollway will help fund about 60 percent of the project, which amounts to about $12 million. However, he said the village still is trying to find funding for a $3 million gap.

“We’re trying to work with the county to share the last $3 million,” he said. “We’re asking IDOT to reconsider using some of the Prairie Parkway money to fund some of that $3 million.”

As part of the agreement, village officials also are considering annexing 792 acres into the village as part of the project.

“Phase one can go from 12 months to 36 months. That’s a long time to work on property that would be outside our village,” Michels said.

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