Land acquisition for 143rd street project

Madhu Mayer-mm@thetimesweekly.com | 3/18/2020, 8:03 p.m.
A road improvement project in the Village of Plainfield that has been in the planning stages for decades is taking ...

A road improvement project in the Village of Plainfield that has been in the planning stages for decades is taking another step closer to becoming a reality.

The Plainfield Village Board on Monday authorized the mayor to execute the 143rd Street East extension appraisal and relocation plan services in an amount not to exceed $148,885.50.

Crawford, Murphy and Tilly have been the villages’ prime consultants on this project since Phase I development. Phase I engineering services agreement for the 143rd Street East extension is $1.07 million.

"In an effort to meet the current schedule for this project, discussions regarding land acquisition will need to occur in the future," said Scott Threewitt, lead engineer for the Village of Plainfield.

The goal of the 143rd Street extension is to provide alternate routes within the village to alleviate traffic congestion. The additional crossing over the DuPage River will allow quicker and more convenient access between Route 59 and Route 126 while reducing truck traffic in the downtown area. When combined with the western extension of 143rd Street, this agreement will complete the entire corridor between Ridge Road and Route 126.

Threewitt said village staff and consultants met with the Illinois Department of Transportation in January to formally kick off the land acquisition process. Approximately 19 parcels are under consideration.

The scope of the contract with the consultants under consideration includes appraisals. The bidding and contract award is tentatively scheduled to start in late 2021 with construction to begin the following year or in 2023.

Future project costs for the extension are estimated at $53 million to $58 million. The Illinois Competitive Freight Funding Program allows for a maximum of 80 percent of the project cost to be paid through the FAST federal program, meaning the remaining 20 percent would be the responsibility of the Village of Plainfield. Other grant options will also be available. But Allen Persons, public works director, said the actual cost won't be known until the construction is bid.

Money for the project will be funded through the capital improvement fund and will be split over multiple fiscal years, Threewitt added.