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La Salle County Highway Department eyes more than $8M in road, bridge work in 2019

The La Salle County Highway Department plans to make $5.8 million in repairs to approximately 63.8 miles of roadway.

Additionally, $2.8 million is budgeted for bridge, culvert and draining projects across the county.

The largest project is $3.1 million to widen and resurface County Highway 15, north of Marseilles, from Interstate 80 to Route 71. The project also includes earthwork and curve relocation. For this project, $2.52 million will come from federal funds and $630,000 from the county.

County Highway 5, also known as Richards Road, will get safety improvements at its intersection with Route 23, north of Streator. This project is expected to cost $236,250, but $189,000 will come from federal funds.

Safety improvements also will take place at the intersection of County Highway 33 and 43, north of Utica. The project is $560,350, with $448,280 coming from federal funds.

La Salle and Kendall counties will split costs of bridge repairs at Millington Bridge, which carries County Highway 31 over the Fox River. La Salle County will handle $760,680 of the bill, but receive 80 percent funding from the Surface Transportation Program.

The Oakley Avenue Bridge, west of Streator, which carries County Highway 64 over the Vermilion River, is expected to receive $266,000 — $200,000 in construction costs and $66,000 in engineering — in bridge repair to the west abutment.

Engineering for bridge replacement at the Sandy Ford Bridge will continue with an estimated cost of $175,000. The bridge is close to the 200-acre Sandy Ford Conservation Area, which includes a forest, creeks, prairies and sandstone cliffs. That proximity led to the state requiring the additional investigation, according to past reports. The steel truss bridge built in 1959 has been in declining condition in recent years. The largest span is 192 feet and the total length is 298 feet.

Highway projects

CH 6 from CH 57 to Route 23, cape seal, $325,000

CH 25 from CH 4 to U.S. 52, cape seal, $600,000

CH 5 from Putnam County to Route 251, seal coat, $150,000

CH 19 from CH 43 to CH 1, seal coat, $275,000

CH 2 from U.S. 52 to Somonauk, shoulder gravel, $67,000

CH 3 from Route 71 to U.S. 52, shoulder gravel, $12,000

CH 3 from North 42nd Road to North 48th Road, shoulder gravel, $84,000

CH 5 from CH 44 to Route 23, shoulder gravel, $75,000

CH 44 from Route 18 to Leonore, shoulder gravel, $58,000

CH 62 from Oglesby spur to Mormon Street, shoulder gravel, $7,000

CH 15 at Adams Hill, slope stabilization, $250,000

CH 15 from Interstate 80 to Route 71, widening, resurfacing, earthwork and curve relocation, $3,150,000

CH 5 at Route 23 intersection, safety improvements, $236,250

CH 33 and 43 intersection, safety improvements, $560,350

Bridge, culvert and draining projects

CH 5, Sandy Ford Bridge, Phase 2 engineering for bridge replacement, $175,000

CH 5, over Wolf Creek, Phase 1 and 2 engineering for bridge replacement, $114,500

CH 6, 10 miles east of East 23rd Road, culvert replacement, $120,000

CH 13, 0.5 miles north of Interstate 80, culvert replacement, $100,000

CH 25, Interstate 80 to U.S. 52, culvert replacement/extensions, $120,000

CH 31, Fox River, bridge repair, $1,674,660 ***

CH 57, Red White & Blue Bridge, engineering for bridge replacement, $178,000

CH 64, 1,000 feet east of Vermilion River Bridge, culvert replacement, $120,000

CH 64, Oakley Avenue Bridge, bridge repair to west abutment, $266,000

*** — Cost shared with Kendall County.

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