Money sought for $30 million road extension, overpass construction

County asks state, federal government for funding
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Kane County transportation officials want the Anderson Road extension and railway overpass project built in 2011 and 2012 but cannot meet that goal unless funding for the $30 million construction project becomes available.

“We currently do not have funding to build the roadway,” said Tom Rickert, Kane County Department of Transportation (KDOT) director.

Rickert updated Elburn officials on the status of the Anderson Road project during Monday’s Village Board meeting.

KDOT officials have been negotiating with Sho-Deen Inc. about purchasing the right of way for the road extension, Village Administrator Erin Willrett said. Sho-Deen owns the property and plans a business and residential development along the proposed extended roadway, between Route 38 to Keslinger Road.

The project remains a priority for the county, KDOT official Paul Holcomb said.

“It will allow for better emergency (vehicle) response and more opportunities for roadway connectivity,” Rickert said.

The county already has spent $2.8 million for engineering and feasibility studies, and will spend $1.4 million on additional engineering required before it can purchase the right of way.

The county received federal funding to help pay for those planning expenses. Rickert said the county has asked for construction funding from the next federal transportation bill. Also, Rickert said the county continues to request money for the project from the state.

The Council of Mayors has allocated $2.5 million for the Anderson Road project, Rickert said.

Some funding could come from local impact fees, although that source would depend upon the revival of development in Elburn, he said.

“Typically, with a federal project, we see the county, the village, the state and the developer trying to address some of the funding needs,” Rickert said.