Once DeKalb County crews finish one bridge project, they expect to immediately start another.
Repairs to the Base Line Road bridge deck and the steel beams supporting it should be finished this month and come in under budget, said DeKalb County Engineer Nathan Schwartz. Sjostrom and Son’s Construction was awarded a $548,291 contract for the project, which sits west of Route 23 south of Genoa.
Any funds left over from that project will go toward replacing the Five Points Road bridge near Kingston. Copenhaver Construction is leading that $2.5 million project, which should be finished next year.
Those are among the bigger roadway projects underway as the summer construction season winds down in DeKalb County.
The county also is resurfacing Perry Road in DeKalb and helping DeKalb Township widen a section of Annie Glidden Road.
“The county is involved because we have the personnel and the experience to oversee these larger projects,” Schwartz said.
In DeKalb, city leaders are continuing to expand Bethany Road and Taylor Street, while improving Carol Avenue and Route 38.
Joel Maurer, DeKalb assistant director of public works, said he expects the widening of Bethany Road to be completed in mid-September. The $900,000 project includes adding a bike lane on the south side of the road.
“It would be essentially a four-lane road between Peace Road and First Street,” Maurer said.
The widening of Taylor Street should be completed several weeks later, he said. Martin and Company Excavating received a $385,144 contract for the project.
Also finishing in September is the widening of Carol Avenue and Route 38. Maurer said the city should be about 4 percent under budget with the project, which had a bid set at $482,800.
Since 2008, Sycamore has been renovating streets through a special program funded by motor fuel taxes and sales taxes. The city spends about $1.4 million each year on the program. This year, more than a dozen streets, including Meadow Lane and Lincolnshire Drive, are being renovated.
Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said Reckitt Street is almost done, and West High Street has now been completed. Many residents have been patient with the improvements to the streets, he said.
“They understand the street surface is being replaced and that’s being met in a positive way,” Gregory said.