Plainfield OKs road projects, 143rd Street engineering

Brock A. Stein | 7/21/2015, 10:19 a.m.
About 20 village streets will be resurfaced this summer, including portions of 135th Street and 143rd Street.
This map shows the starting point for the 143rd Street Extension, which will provide a road link between Route 59 and Essington Road, near Interstate 55.

The Plainfield Village Board will move ahead with the next phase of its 143rd Street extension, approving a 30-month contract Monday with engineering firm Crawford, Murphy and Tilly.

The $2 million deal will complete the second phase of engineering and will make the project “shovel ready” for when federal funding becomes available for actual construction.

The 1.2-mile extension will connect East 143rd Street where it currently ends at Route 59 to Illinois 126. It would also intersect at Plainfield/Naperville Road.

The new roadway is needed to alleviate traffic congestion by giving trucks a more direct route from Interstate 55 to the village’s industrial corridor. It should also traffic jams caused by train traffic by giving commuters an east/west above-grade crossing.

The village received a $2 million grant from the Will County Governmental League to help fund the engineering.

Summer road resurfacing

In other business, the board approved contracts for road improvement work on village streets this summer totaling a little more than $1.75 million.

Trustees approved a $769,000 contract for “D” Construction to complete work on seven village streets. The work will be funded with Motor Fuel Tax funds accumulated on every gallon of gas sold in the village.

Routes to be resurfaced include 135th Street from U.S. 30 to West Norman Greenway as well as sections of Feeney Drive, McMullin Circle, Fairfield Drive, Deer Ridge Drive, Cahills Way and Coil Plus Drive.

The village also approved a $988,000 contract for road work to be done by Gallagher Asphalt. The funding is included in the village budget.

Roads to be resurfaced include sections of Dillman Street, Ottawa Street, Miles Avenue, Bartlett Avenue, Michigan Street, Amboy Street, Evans Street, Park Avenue, Hartong Street, Lakeside Court, River Road, Center Street and 143rd Street, west of Steiner Road.

Village Public Works Director Allen Persons said the village needs to spend about $2 million per year to maintain village roadways, but only receives about $1 million in Motor Fuel Tax funding. As a result, the rest money must come from the village’s capital improvement budget, he said.

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