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Road repairs begin in Winfield

Many of Winfield's streets have fallen into disrepair, including High Lake Road near downtown (pictured). The village recently began a program to repair and resurface more than a third of its roads.
Many of Winfield's streets have fallen into disrepair, including High Lake Road near downtown (pictured). The village recently began a program to repair and resurface more than a third of its roads.

WINFIELD – A program to repair and resurface more than a third of roads recently began in Winfield, according to a village news release.

Resurfacing of neighborhood streets will take place through early August, while grant-funded repair of major roads is anticipated to start by mid-summer.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will coordinate work on these roads, which include Jewell/High Lake and Pleasant Hill roads, as well as the northern portion of Winfield Road.

The neighborhood street road program will begin with repairs to curbs, sidewalks and ditches, followed by spot repairs of the roadways' subbase. As much as 4 inches of asphalt will then be laid in two layers by contractor J.A. Johnson Paving Company.

Almost 30 percent of all roads in Winfield are currently rated in poor to failing condition, and the cost to address the backlog of road repairs has been estimated at about $4 million, the release stated.

Village officials projected that each further year of delay would cost taxpayers an additional $1 million in higher repair expenses as roads completely fail, increasing repair costs from about $350,000 per mile for resurfacing to upwards of $1.2 million a mile for full reconstruction through the base layer, according to the release.

About $4.2 million of general obligation debt certificates were issued by Winfield in January to fund road repairs. The village also secured more than $1 million in grants to resurface older sections of major roads in town.

In March, voters approved a sales tax increase from 7.5 to 7.75 percent to provide funds to help maintain the roads once they are repaired.

Almost every household in Winfield will be on or adjacent to a road scheduled for repairs during the 2014 road repair program. Notices have been sent to residences on streets that will be resurfaced, the release stated.

A map will be updated every Friday on the village website at www.villageofwinfield.com to show the roadwork schedule for the coming week.

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