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Longmeadow Parkway project gets funding boost

GENEVA – The Longmeadow Parkway Bridge has gotten a $45 million commitment from the Illinois Department of Transportation, county officials announced Wednesday.

News of the financial boost received a round of applause during the Executive Committee meeting.

County Board member Maggie Auger, R-Algonquin, said she was pleased to learn the county was awarded this money and thanked all involved.

The Longmeadow project will add about 5.6 miles of road from Route 62 across the Fox River to Huntley Road in the Algonquin, Carpentersville and Lake in the Hills area.

Construction on the four-lane bridge could begin as soon as 2015, according to Kane County. Costs are estimated at $120 million.

County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said he is "delighted" to have met and exceeded his goal of securing an additional $10 million to $15 million of state or federal funding.

"Timing was just right in this case," Lauzen said, noting teamwork also was key.

Kane County Transportation Director Carl Schoedel said in a written statement that the Longmeadow project has gotten "unprecedented support" from local government bodies.

Kane and McHenry counties have passed resolutions supporting the project, as have 10 municipalities: Algonquin, Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Gilberts, Hampshire, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Sleepy Hollow and West Dundee, according to Kane County.

The Kane/Kendall Council of Mayors – of which Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke is chair – contributed $5 million of the $45 million, Lauzen said.

Tolls will contribute to future funding. Prices have not yet been set for the tolls, which will be collected with an I-Pass-compatible system in cooperation with the Illinois Tollway, according to Kane County.

Drew Frasz, who chairs the Transportation Committee, said the Longmeadow project is the largest active job in Kane County and rivals the Stearns Road project in South Elgin.

The Stearns Road Bridge Corridor opened in December 2010 and connected Randall Road in eastern Kane County to James "Pate" Philip State Park in far western DuPage County.

The Longmeadow project has completed the Phase I engineering stage, and the county is continuing with land acquisition, said Frasz, R-Elburn.

"Things are moving along very well," he said.

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