Among the larger projects announced as part of Illinois’ annual highway improvement plan is Longmeadow Parkway, which will receive nearly $63 million from fiscal 2016 to 2019, said state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles.
“We’ve been working on this before I was [Kane County Board] chairman,” said McConnaughay, who served as chairman before being elected a state senator in 2012. “Longmeadow Parkway was part of an environmental impact study … for multiple bridge crossings in Kane and Kendall counties.”
The 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. The state’s portion will pay for the connection points on either side of the Fox River at Routes 25 and 31, McConnaughay said.
McConnaughay said federal funding for this project was for land acquisition and engineering, but not construction.
“This is finally the appropriation of the state’s portion of the project,” McConnaughay said. “The credit does not go to me … but rather an effort between local legislators and local elected officials working together to make the case to the state that this project was worthy of funding.”
Kane County is in charge of building the bridge, and one method to pay for it is by creating the county’s first toll bridge, said Steve Coffinbargar, Kane County’s assistant director of transportation.
“The county board has authorized staff to design that portion as a toll bridge,” Coffinbargar said. “We would sell bonds and pay those back with the toll revenue.”
The amount needed to be raised has yet to be determined, Coffinbargar said, as other sources of revenue will reduce the amount needed when construction gets to that stage.