Looking to drum up support for a road project they said would benefit students in the Kaneland area, a Kane County Board member and a state representative took their message to Monday’s Kaneland School District 302 board meeting.
County Board member Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, joined state Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley, in talking about the Dauberman Road extension, a long-discussed project in Big Rock Township.
“We are trying to jump-start this project,” said Pritchard, who added that “unfortunately, the County Board has been focused on projects farther north.”
Dauberman Road would be extended south to Granart Road, with a bridge crossing over railroad tracks. That would solve a safety issue, Taylor and Pritchard said. It affects Kaneland because the Big Rock Fire Department is among those that provide emergency services to Kaneland High School. Taylor said emergency vehicles often are forced to go miles out of the way because of long waits for trains.
Taylor said they were seeking feedback from residents who would be affected.
“We want you to critique it,” Taylor said, looking at those in attendance at the meeting, including visitors and Kaneland school board members.
Visitors asked about the cost, which Pritchard said at one time was $12 million to $15 million, but he added that “was years ago.”
School board member Tony Valente wondered whether that would add to the traffic for Kaneland students, but Pritchard said there already was a lot of traffic, and he didn’t see that it would be increased. Board member Gale Pavlak said it wouldn’t be as big an impact on Kaneland students, as it is in the Hinckley-Big Rock district.
Taylor and Pritchard distributed a resolution to board members, seeking their support. The resolution requests the Kane County Board to prioritize the project and authorize the Kane County Transportation Department to begin “a study outlining the scope of the project, costs and other considerations.”
Taylor said it was a first step.
“The entire dream will not be done overnight,” she said.