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Sugar Grove commits more than $80K toward Route 47 project

January 3, 2019

SUGAR GROVE – Village officials will contribute $87,181 for a future state project to widen about 4 miles of Route 47.

On Dec. 18, trustees accepted the state’s scope for the project’s planned sidewalks, shared-use path and landscaped median between Old Oaks and Green roads, Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said. Old Oaks is College Drive east of Route 47 and leads to Waubonsee Community College.

The work is expected to consist of widening Route 47 to provide two lanes in each direction separated by a median, pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, and drainage improvements.

At this stage of the project, the village’s cost of the improvements has only been determined for the pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. The village’s $87,181 share includes engineering.

The state’s plan includes a 10-foot-wide shared-use path on the east side of Route 47 from south of Merrill Road to Seavey Road, and a 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the west side of Route 47 from south of Merrill Road to Seavey Road.

Upon the project’s completion, the village will be responsible for long-term maintenance associated with those improvements. Those costs are undetermined at this time, village staff said.

Staff did not recommend board acceptance of the plan for landscape medians because of the challenges associated with planting materials’ survivability and long-term maintenance. No utility conflicts appear present in the project, they said.

The village’s pledged project expenditure includes $41,538 for sidewalks and $45,643 for the shared-use path.

The estimated cost for the state project’s sidewalk and shared-use path component is $379,050.

“The total project [including the road widening] is in the millions,” Eichelberger said.

It is uncertain when the work on the Route 47 project will start.

“It will be scheduled to begin when the plans are ready … and [state] funding is identified,” Eichelberger said. “At the earliest, I would estimate three years, but it could be considerably longer.”

The Route 47 improvements are not currently included IDOT’s 2019 to ’24 proposed highway improvement program, but will be included in the department’s priorities for future funding consideration.