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Mill Rd. trail construction expected this summer : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Mill Rd. trail construction expected this summer
Oswego to use federal grant proceeds to pay for majority of project

by John Etheredge

3/27/2014

A trail for pedestrians and cyclists will be constructed this summer along the north side of Mill Road between Ill. Route 31 and Orchard Road on Oswego's west side.

Village board members did their part to expedite the trail's construction this past week by authorizing Village President Brian LeClercq to enter into an agreement for the project with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

In a memo to the board, Jennifer Hughes, the village's director of public works, noted IDOT is on schedule to award a contract for the project June 13.

Hughes said Monday she expects construction to start on the trail in mid-July with completion anticipated in about two months.

In 2012 the village secured a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant to pay for the majority of the trail's cost.

Hughes noted federal funding is not to exceed $315,200 for the project. Meanwhile, village staff has placed $140,000 in village funds in its proposed 2014-25 fiscal year budget to cover the village's share of the project cost.

The trail will be installed in the village-owned public right-of-way adjoining Mill Road.

Under terms of the village's agreement with IDOT, the village would be responsible for paying for any cost overruns resulting from the trail's construction, according to Hughes.

The village will assume maintenance responsibility of the trail after it is constructed, according to the agreement.

Hughes noted in her memo that the construction of the trail meets an objective in the village's strategic plan that supports the belief that maintaining "a high level of municipal services provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public."

The path will provide a safe passage for cyclists, walkers and runners along Mill Road and direct access to the Mill Street Station shopping center and the Metra Park-n-Ride at the northwest corner of Orchard and Mill Roads.

An existing path on the north side of Mill Road west of Orchard Road ends just east of Orchard Road.

The new path will be part of a larger regional network of paths developed in the village and much of the Fox Valley area north of the village over the past three decades.




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