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Oberweis: $39.5M allocated for road projects

U.S. Senate candidate and State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, recently spoke at the 6th Annual Chicago and Illinois Tax Day Tea Party at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles.
Charles Menchaca – cmenchaca@shawmedia.com
U.S. Senate candidate and State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, recently spoke at the 6th Annual Chicago and Illinois Tax Day Tea Party at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles. Charles Menchaca – cmenchaca@shawmedia.com

The Illinois Department of Transportation has allocated more than $39.5 million for road improvements in the 25th Senate District during the fiscal year starting July 1, State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, said in a news release.

There are nine local projects included in the state’s Highway Improvement Program in the upcoming fiscal year, including $6.8 million for intersection improvements on U.S. 30 at Dugan Road. A total of $2.6 million has also been slated for preliminary engineering costs for a project on U.S. 30, from west of Dugan Road to west of Route 47. Another project on U.S. 30 at Dugan Road will cost $455,000 for construction engineering costs, according to the news release.

The release said the six-year plan also includes an additional $80.9 million for local roads and bridges.

"I think it's important to maintain our infrastructure, mainly our roads and bridges," Oberweis said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Oberweis said the road improvements will be beneficial for area motorists, especially the large wave of tourists expected in summer 2016. That is when the LGPA's inaugural International Crown event will be held at Rich Harvest Farms, 7S771 Dugan Road in Sugar Grove.

Traffic was a major inhibitor on the existing roads when Rich Harvest Farms hosted the 2009 Solheim Cup, Oberweis said.

A long-term project that will be essential for the area is the expansion of Route 47 from two to four lanes from Sugar Grove to I-80 in Morris. Some parts of that project are currently in progress, Oberweis said.

Oberweis said the state funds come from revenues that are specifically dedicated and earmarked for road construction, and cannot be used to pay other outstanding financial obligations.

In a phone interview, Oberweis said that these are times when "our state budget is very tight" because of poor, long-term budget planning.

Kane County municipalities that are entirely within or a part of the 25th District include: Aurora, Batavia, Campton Hills, Elburn, Geneva, North Aurora, South Elgin, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Wayne.

Kane County Road projects
The following work is part of the state’s Highway Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2015, which starts July 1, 2014:

• $6,800,000 for intersection improvements on US 30 at Dugan Road.

• $2,600,000 for preliminary engineering costs for a project on US 30, from west of Dugan Road to west of Illinois 47.

• $455,000 for construction engineering costs for a project on US 30 at Dugan Road.

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