Knox Drive to be extended next summer

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 3:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:05 a.m. CDT

McHENRY – When McHenry County widens the next section of Charles J. Miller Road, the city will connect Knox Drive.

The McHenry City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the county at its meeting Monday evening.

Under the agreement, the city will use money – a portion coming from nearby commercial property owners and another portion coming from the county – set aside in an escrow account to fund the engineering and construction project.

The county has agreed to front some of the money for the project, said Chad Pieper, a project manager with engineering firm HR Green.

The Miller Road project will cause businesses on the northeast corner of Route 31 and Miller Road to lose full access to Route 31, he said. The Knox Drive extension will connect those businesses back to Route 31 via Miller Road.

The city will reimburse the county for its portion of the project, about $130,000, over three years starting in May 2015, using general fund revenue and developer contributions from the Oaks at Irish Prairie subdivision, according to council documents.

The project is estimated to cost a total of $276,000, the documents said.

The Knox Drive extension needs to be ready to go out to bid by April and needs to be substantially completed by Nov. 30, 2014 – unless the two entities agree to another date – so that Knox Drive is open before the loss of southbound traffic into the affected properties, according to the agreement.

The Miller Road project includes right-turn lanes in and out of the Miller Road and Knox Drive intersection.

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