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Longmeadow Parkway Bridge project gets $45 million boost

Longmeadow span construction could begin as soon as ’15

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:15 a.m. CST

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

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

Kane 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.

Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said he is “delighted” to have 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.

Algonquin named Longmeadow Parkway 20 years ago and subsequently set aside land and paved the first phase of the road. The village has envisioned the road being a path across the Fox River for the residents and businesses in northern Kane County, Village President John Schmitt said in a news release.

In the news release, Schmitt thanked the Kane County Board for pursuing money for the road.

“This will be a major infrastructure improvement that will not only help relieve [traffic] congestion, but will be a business builder in the Carpentersville, Algonquin and Huntley industrial parks,” Schmitt said.

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 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.

The Longmeadow project has completed the Phase I engineering stage, and the county is continuing with land acquisition, said Kane County Board member Drew Frasz, R-Elburn, who chairs the Transportation Committee.

“Things are moving along very well,” he said.

Visit www.co.kane.il.us/dot for information.

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