by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”The Village Board on Tuesday authorized an addendum to the feasibility study for the potential Interstate 88 and Route 47 interchange. The addendum increases the scope of work to include an analysis of the various configuration alternatives. The cost to complete the additional work is $12,500.
â€œThe project turned out to be much more complicated than anybody thought or expected,â€ Village President Sean Michels said.
Village officials began discussions on the project with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, Kane County Division of Transportation and the larger landowners near the interchange in March 2007, and the actual study was approved in March 2008.
The initial contract was for $196,000, with the village paying $50,000 toward the study. The other funding came from additional sources, including Crown Development and other developers eager to develop the surrounding property.
Crown Development, one of the landowners, agreed to front the additional $12,500 in an effort to keep the project going, with the assumption that if the property is annexed into the village, the developer will receive financial consideration from the village.