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Route 34 West of Orchard Due for Upgrade

Apr 10, 2014 12:16PM ● Published by Steven Jack

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Road projects in Kendall County totaling over $130 million are a part of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's six-year state highway improvement plan that was announced Wednesday. 

The project that would have the greatest impact to Oswego residents would be 3.5 miles of reconstruction, additional lanes and curb and gutter replacement for a stretch of Route 34 from west of Orchard Road to Route 47, according to the plan released by the state. The project has been planned for fiscal year 2015, and a cost estimate has been set at $35 million. 

Other Kendall County plans included in the improvement plan are as follows:

* US 34 from east of Eldamain Road to Center Parkway in Yorkville. Reconstruction with additional lanes for 2.1 miles, bridge replacement, culvert extension, land acquisition and construction engineering are programmed during FY 2016-2020 at a cost of $15 million.

* Illinois 47 from Caton Farm Road to Sherril Road in Kendall County. Reconstruction with 
additional lanes for 7.2 miles, culvert replacements, utility adjustments and construction engineering are programmed in FY 2015 at a cost of $65.2 million. 
 
* Illinois 71 from west of Illinois 47 to east of Illinois 126 in Kendall County. Reconstruction and additional lanes for 1.6 miles, utility adjustments and construction engineering are programmed during FY 2016-2020 at a cost of $16.1 million.

Securing funding for these projects could prove to be a difficult task. Roughly 75 percent of state highway funding comes from the federal government, and the HIghway Trust Fund is nearly insolvent, according to a Chicago Tribune report. 
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