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Johnsburg reveals summer road projects

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JOHNSBURG – After skipping road improvements last year, the village of Johnsburg is looking to repave 3.3 miles this year – one of the largest road programs in the village in a while, said Tim Hartnett, a village engineer with HR Green.

The Public Works Committee approved a work list of 14 roads in six subdivisions and the Prairie Commerce Center at its meeting Tuesday evening, capping its recommendation at $600,000 for engineering and construction.

The projects still require approval by the Johnsburg Village Board.

Hartnett, Public Works Supervisor Dave Wilcox and Trustee Kevin McEvoy, who is Public Works Committee chairman, put together the list based on the public works department’s ratings.

They include:

• Miller Road;

• Heather Lane, Aster Court and Dakota Ridge in Prairie View Estates;

• Hiller Ridge and Fieldstone Way in Prairie Commerce Center;

• Cove Court, Knob Hill Road and Fairview Avenue in Dutch Creek Woodlands;

• Dolores in Jak-Ana Heights;

• Dennis Boulevard in the Sunnyside subdivision;

• Grandview Drive in Sunnyside Estates; and

• Sudeenew Court in the Sudeenew subdivision.

The Johnsburg Committee of the Whole will review the recommendation at its meeting Thursday, and the Johnsburg Village Board will vote on final approval at its next meeting.

Because about two-thirds of the projects will be paid for with motor fuel tax dollars, the state needs to sign off on the work. Motor fuel tax revenue is distributed to municipalities based on population.

The remainder, about $180,000, will come from the village’s general fund, ­McEvoy said.

The village likely will seek bids in March, Hartnett said. If they come in higher than expected, staff may push back work on some streets for another year.

The first phase of Johnsburg Road improvements also will begin this spring, according to the McHenry County Division of Transportation. The plan is to widen the road to three lanes – one in each direction and a center lane for turning. Traffic signals will be installed at Riverside Drive and Spring Grove Road.

The second phase will include installation of a roundabout where Johnsburg Road, St. Johns Avenue and Chapel Hill Road meet.

Go to johnsburgroad.com for more information and to sign up for updates.

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