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Game Farm Road project to start this year in Yorkville

Game Farm Road across from Yorkville High School. | Steve Lord~Sun-Times Media

Game Farm Road across from Yorkville High School. | Steve Lord~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 25, 2014 6:12AM

YORKVILLE — The snow eventually will melt, winter will end, and the area will settle into its next season: the construction season.

For Yorkville, that largely means the beginning of the long-awaited Game Farm Road project, likely the only major capital project by the city to get started this year.

Bart Olson, city administrator, has said that the $7 million project along the route to most of the city’s big public facilities should start in the spring of 2015. It is expected to be finished by the end of 2016.

The project will include complete reconstruction, and the addition of another lane to make it a three-lane roadway, from Route 34 to Route 47. The road is the access to Yorkville High School, the high school football field, one elementary school, City Hall, the city library and the Beecher Senior Center.

City officials have been squirreling away money for the project, which is being helped by $2.3 million in federal stimulus money.

However, Game Farm appears to be the only major project the city will get done in the coming year. As officials are preparing the budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins in May, it looks like there are 21 needed capital projects on the books totaling between $21.3 million to $24.3 million that will not be funded.

Olson said they are “not planned to do before 2019.”

Those projects and their projected costs are: Sycamore Road and Route 34 traffic signal, $250,000; Beecher Center, $400,000 to $750,000; South Main Street water main replacement, $200,000; Elizabeth Street water main replacement; $175,000; Orange Street water main replacement, $60,000; Olsen Street water main replacement, $150,000; Washington Street water main replacement; $150,000; sewer system monitoring, $90,000; Game Farm Road sewer repairs, $50,000; River Road sewer replacement, $100,000; Bristol Bay intersection improvement, $3.3 million; Fox Hill water and sewer recapture, $1.6 million; Public Works building maintenance, $1 million; Emerald Ash Borer replacements, $300 a tree; Quiet Zone — Mill and Kennedy Roads, $200,000 to $2 million an intersection; Quiet Zones — Poplar Drive, River Birch Lane, Morgan Street, and Van Emmon Park, $100,000 to $1 million an intersection; Mill Road improvements, $2.85 million; Baseline Road, $560,000; Corneils Road, 249,000; and Beecher Road, $167,000; Countryside subdivision infrastructure, $4.81 million; and Well No. 6 and Water Treatment Plant, $4.85 million.

The long list could be added to, depending on how many road projects aldermen decide to fund in fiscal year 2015. City staff has proposed a budget increase in both the water and sewer funds to do some additional road projects.

But aldermen have to approve those, and those discussions are ongoing at this point. Several aldermen have said they don’t want to raise water and sewer rates.

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