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Bids opened for Mill Road trail project : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Bids opened for Mill Road trail project
Construction expected to start in 'one to two months'

by John Etheredge

6/26/2014

Construction on the Mill Road bike trail in Oswego should begin in "one to two months," Jennifer Hughes, the village's public works director told the village board this past week.

Hughes said Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials have identified D Construction of Coal City as the apparent low bidder for the project.

The agency opened bid for the project in Springfield June 13.

D Construction's bid totaled $236,606, well below the project engineer's pre-bid estimates of $330,000, Hughes noted.

Hughes said she will notify the board prior to the start-up of construction.

Hughes has said previously she expects it will take contractors about two months to complete the project, which will involve the installation of an eight-foot wide asphalt path in the public right-of-way along the north side of Mill Road from Ill. Route 31 extending west to Orchard Road.

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

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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