Wolf's Crossing Widening in Early Planning Stages
Jun 09, 2014 10:22PM ● Published by Steven Jack
The widening of Wolf's Crossing Road from Routes 34 to 30 could begin in five to seven years.
With a price tag of more than $37 million, the widening of Wolf's Crossing Road from Routes 34 to 30 has long seemed like little more than a commuter’s dream.
However, a recent meeting between the taxing bodies with jurisdiction along Wolf’s Crossing has revealed that the large-scale project may be inching toward a reality. Oswego’s Public Works Director Jennifer Hughes said improvements maybe just five to seven years from beginning.
According to village documents, Kendall County officials called a meeting of local elected officials in April to discuss widening the road to five lanes. The meeting also included State Sen. Linda Holmes of Plainfield.
State and federal funding may be available for the widening of the road and improvements to intersections at Route 34, Douglas Road, Fifth Street, Roth Road, Harvey Road and Route 30.
“Wolf’s Road is on the Federal Aid Urban system, so it is eligible for federal funding,” Hughes said. “It remains to be seen how the project stacks up against other regional projects for prioritization of funding.”
To be eligible for the grants, though, the village must undertake Phase 1 engineering work that could cost about $600,000, according to village documents. Funding for the engineering is available in the village budget gained from developer impact fees.
What's not known is how much the local taxing bodies may eventually have to pay toward the total project cost. And Village President Brian LeClercq said last week that improvements to the Wolf's Crossing/Route 30 intersection would take top priority when the project moves forward.
The next step in the process will be a June 23 meeting with the government bodies and a representative of the Illinois Department of Transportation to begin discussions on funding for the project.