Section of MCCD Prairie Trail to be resurfaced this spring

WOODSTOCK – For the first time since the county turned a railroad line into a trail, a portion of the Prairie Trail will be completely resurfaced.

The project, as well as a few site improvements and a bridge replacement, make up the construction projects slated to be started this spring.

The district’s board was set to award a number of contracts at its meeting Thursday evening, but that might have to wait until Jan. 10. The meeting was rescheduled because of weather.

The low bidder on the resurfacing project was Geske and Sons of Crystal Lake at $285,000.

If the board approves the bid, Geske and Sons will be responsible for resurfacing a 3.5-mile stretch of Prairie Trail South, from the Kane County line in Algonquin to Rakow Road in Crystal Lake.

The board also is set to vote on whether to hire Copenhaver Construction of Gilberts, the low bidder at $165,000, to replace the North Meyer Bridge, the second bridge on the Prairie Trail north of the Meyer Road parking lot in Algonquin.

The bridge is 60 to 70 years old and shows signs of failing, district spokeswoman Wendy Kummerer said in an email. The replacement should last 99 years.

This will be the last bridge replacement on the trail, she added.

Both of these projects will affect traffic along the trail, Kummerer said in the email.

Those interested in staying up-to-date on closures and other disruptions can send their contact information to MCCD@MCCDistrict.org.

Two site improvements also are on the district’s to-do list for the spring.

The restrooms at Coral Woods, which haven’t worked in years, also will be replaced.

Visitors to Coral Woods, a 775-acre conservation area in Marengo that features hiking and skiing trails as well as picnic shelters, have had to use portable toilets.

If the board accepts its bid, low bidder Carmichael Construction of Marengo will demolish the old restrooms, which date to the site’s opening in 1988, and install new concrete-block restrooms, which will comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, for about $71,000.

Work also will wrap up at the Wildlife Resource Center in Wonder Lake. The district hired a contractor, Anchor Construction and Design of McHenry, to repair a failing retention wall that leads to the building’s basement. Anchor also will repair the driveway and basement’s drainage tile.

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