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County to repair winter road damage

GENEVA – County roads damaged by the extreme winter weather soon will be repaired.

The Kane County Transportation Committee on Wednesday recommended approval of spending nearly $93,000 on resurfacing and patching work.

"We weren't hit as hard as some of the other systems in the county," said Tom Rickert, deputy director of transportation.

The project will involve resurfacing and patching Fabyan Parkway between Western Avenue and Route 31 and resurfacing portions of Harter, Dauberman and Perry roads.

Geneva Construction Co. of Aurora was the low bidder with a proposed contract amount of $92,691.77 – about 1.24 percent below the engineer's estimate of $93,853.50, Assistant Director of Transportation Steve Coffinbargar said.

Other improvements are set for Dean Street, Prairie Street and Harter Road.

County staff coordinated with the highway commissioners for St. Charles Township and Sugar Grove Township to include improvements on their routes – Dean and Prairie streets, respectively – in the county's contract for the cold-in-place recycling, Coffinbargar said.

He said cold-in-place recycling involves grinding about 1.5 inches of surface asphalt as well as the binder asphalt, which is mixed with liquid asphalt to be used to pave the road. New surface asphalt will be laid, he said.

Dunn Company of Decatur was the low bidder with a final contract amount of $870,235.16 – about 2.9 percent above the engineer's estimate, Coffinbargar said.

An intergovernmental agreement with the townships stipulates that each road district is responsible for the costs associated with its road. Costs are estimated at $190,235.16 for Harter Road, $442,000 for Prairie Street and $238,000 for Dean Street.

In other news, Coffinbargar provided updates on current construction projects, including the Anderson Road project in Elburn.

"We're moving earth out there, when weather permits," he said.

The committee also supported reducing the speed limit of Hickory Lane in Batavia Township from an unposted limit of 55 mph to 35 mph. The township road district approached the county about the change, Rickert said, noting the road is mostly for residential use.

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