Yorkville approves contracts for road projects
By Steve Lord email@example.com September 12, 2013 1:16PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 7:07AM
YORKVILLE — Aldermen here this week approved two contracts totaling $686,983 for the city’s 2013 road program.
Both contracts — separated for work to be paid locally and work paid by motor fuel tax collected by the state — went to D Construction, of Coal City, which has been doing a lot of work in town lately.
Most notably, D Construction is the company hired by the Illinois Department of Transportation to do the Route 47 widening project through Yorkville.
It was that work that prompted one alderman, Rose Spears, 4th Ward, to vote against awarding the contracts to D Construction. She said she had gotten a lot of complaints from constituents about the way the company left Van Emmon Street, at the intersection of Route 47, after they did underground sewer work there.
As part of the Route 47 project, Van Emmon was closed for the sewer work, and then repaved so it could re-open.
But both Eric Dhuse, Yorkville’s Public Works director, and Bart Olson, city administrator, said that repaving is temporary, because it will all be repaved as the final part of the widening project. Also, that intersection will be torn up several more times before the final repaving of the project, Dhuse said.
“The end result is that is still temporary pavement,” Olson said.
Spears was the lone vote against awarding the contract to D Construction, whose bids came in significantly lower that the next highest bidders. Their bid on the first contract, for non-motor fuel tax projects, was $454,955, about 12 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate and about 6 percent lower than the next highest bidder.
The non-motor fuel tax projects are being funded by an $8 surcharge put on utility bills by the city earlier this year, specifically to fund road repairs. It has been about 10 years since the city had a specific road repair plan.
The projects being funded by the surcharge on residents are: East Somonauk Street, between just west of Bristol Avenue and McHugh Road; McHugh Road, between Somonauk and East Main Street; and River Road, between Route 47 and King Street.
There also will be sidewalk repairs on Jackson Street, between Bristol and Freemont Street.
For the projects to be funded by motor fuel tax, which is collected at the gas pumps by the state and sent back to individual jurisdictions based on population, D Construction bid $232,028, or about 7 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate.
That work will include: Leisure Street, between Prairie Lane and Sunset Avenue; Bristol Avenue, between Walnut Street and Somonauk Street; Jackson Street, between Bristol Avenue and Freemont Street; and Walnut Street, between Bristol and a spot just east of Freemont.