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State to open bids for Mill Road trail tomorrow : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
State to open bids for Mill Road trail tomorrow
Construction expected to start later this month or in early July

by John Etheredge


Construction should start late this month or early next month on a trail for pedestrians and cyclists along the north side of Mill Road between Ill. Route 31 and Orchard Road on Oswego's west side.

Jennifer Hughes, the village's director of public works, said the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is set to open contractor bids for the project tomorrow, Friday, in Springfield.

Pending a successful bidding process, Hughes said construction on the eight foot wide asphalt surface trail should start soon after a contract is finalized.

Hughes has said previously she expects it will take contractors about two months to complete the project which will involve the installation of the path in the public right-of-way adjoining Mill Road.

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 2014-15 fiscal year budget to cover the village's share of the project cost.

The village will assume maintenance responsibility of the trail after it is completed, according to an agreement with IDOT.

In a memo presented to the board in March, Hughes noted 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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