Plainfield eyes five-year plan for road projects
By Madhu Mayer Correspondent January 15, 2013 8:12AM
Updated: February 22, 2013 6:06AM
Since fixing roads is a costly expenditure, the village of Plainfield has developed a five-year capital improvement plan that gives insight into which projects are funded or not.
Allen Persons, public works director, said the plan was easier to compile because of the recently completed pavement condition index, which highlights roadways that will need resurfacing in the future.
“Additionally, the efforts related to updating the transportation plan have reinforced the need to continue our work improving vehicular and pedestrian movements,” he said.
Some projects, such as reconstruction of 127th Street at Plainfield-Naperville Road and reconstruction, widening and traffic signals on Renwick Road from Route 30 to Route 59, Persons said, already have a designated funding source.
But others, such as Interstate 55 interchanges at Route 126 and Lockport Street and roadway extension and bridge on 143rd Street from Route 59 to Route 126, are larger in magnitude and will provide a regional benefit once constructed. While local grant funding resources will be available, Persons said this likely will cover just a small portion of the cost for each project.
“In essence, these projects will require the continued support of the Illinois Department of Transportation as federal funding will most likely be needed to achieve construction,” he said.
Additionally, Persons said the village cannot forget about the funding needed to maintain the existing infrastructure. He said the cost to resurface roads, bridge inspection and bike path maintenance will cost $1.8 million in 2012-13.