Sycamore OKs $2.7 million street plan

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
Ken Mundy

SYCAMORE – Sycamore residents should see improvements to at least 16 streets and two alleys this construction season in what Mayor Ken Mundy called an aggressive repair and maintenance program.

“This is one of the larger programs since we began a more aggressive approach to streets and alleys,” Mundy said.

Although it’s still a tentative list, on Monday aldermen approved spending just less than $2.7 million for maintenance, and an additional $50,000 for preventive maintenance and crack filling.

John Sauter, director of building and engineering, said the list will be re-evaluated after the freeze-thaw cycle ends this spring.

“I don’t anticipate a lot of changes,” Sauter said. “There may be some items added to the list.”

One of the largest projects on the list – at an estimated cost of $1.1 million – is the reconstruction and widening to three lanes of a section of Bethany Road from east of Peace Road to just east of Aster Road.

Other streets which will see some work include sections of North Avenue, Kerr Street, Archie Place, Pleasant Street, Garden Court, East High Street, East Elm Street, South Walnut Street, South Locust Street, Turner Place, East Ottawa Street, Russet Lane, Brookhill Lane, Ironwood Drive, Woodgate Drive and Oakland Drive.

City Manager Brian Gregory said the list includes a portion of Park Avenue that involves significant storm water and water system improvements. Storm water improvements are planned for this summer, with water main improvements to follow in spring 2015 and paving in summer 2015.

“A couple of the streets on the list – North Avenue being one – are cement, so we want to make sure we can get those bids awarded early,” Mundy said. “Cement work is more weather dependent.”

Money will come from street maintenance funds and motor fuel tax funds, with just less than half of the Bethany Road project being funded by a state grant, Gregory said.

“We would like to do more, but it will be a good year for street maintenance,” Sauter said. “Everywhere you go, it’s pretty rough riding right now.”

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