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Batavia approves agreement for Deerpath/Main Street intersection improvements

BATAVIA – Improvements are on tap for the intersection of Main Street and Deerpath Road.

Batavia aldermen Monday approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Kane County Division of Transportation for intersection improvements at Main Street and Deerpath Road.

The Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors Transportation Committee in January approved the project to be included in the Surface Transportation Program for funding.

The overall STP program will be voted on by the Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors on Feb. 16.

Under STP funding rules, phase 1 and 2 engineering is 100 percent funded locally; construction and construction engineering is 75 percent federally funded and 25 percent locally funded.

The STP grant award amount is $2,120,250.

“The STP application was submitted as a roundabout, but with the understanding that the project would be evaluated for either a traffic signal or a roundabout,” Batavia city engineer Noel Basquin said in a memo to aldermen. “Submitting the STP grant as a roundabout allowed the city and Kane County to receive the necessary funds to construct a roundabout if that is the agreed improvements for the intersection by both Batavia’s City Council and the Kane County Board.”

City staff will now proceed with the consultant selection process, and expects to bring a recommendation to the Batavia City Council in March.

In other business, aldermen approved the Illinois Department of Transportation construction engineering services agreement for federal participation for the Safe Routes to School projects at Alice Gustafson Elementary School, H.C. Storm Elementary School and Rotolo Middle School.

The project includes the installation of sidewalk improvements to provide a safe route for students to travel to each of these schools. This also includes the installation of a pedestrian bridge along Hart Road.

Aldermen approved an agreement with HR Green, Inc. not to exceed $45,096.46. The agreement is subject to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s review and approval.

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