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Path Repairs Delayed Again

Jul 08, 2014 04:41PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Work on the washed out Waubonsee Creek Bike Path was to begin this summer. However, after rejecting one bid for the work, the village is now seeking more bidders.

Repairs to the Waubonsee Creek Path near Adams Street are facing even more delays. 

Jennifer Hughes, the village’s Public Works director, revealed last week the lone bid the village received for the work came in about $400,000 over the original estimate of $200,000.

The bidder, Copenhaver Construction of Gilberts, Illinois, may have been unclear about the scope of the project, Hughes said. That confusion may account for the large discrepancy in cost. 

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Portions of the path were swept away in the flooding of April 2013, which also damaged the Adams Street and Wolf’s Crossing Road bridges. 

Previously the bike path essentially was built on existing ground and no retaining wall between the creek and the path was ever constructed, which is what caused the destruction of the path during the flood, Hughes said.

Plans for the reconstruction call for a six-foot retaining wall to be constructed between the creek and path below the surface from Adams Street to the bridge that spans into Hudson Crossing Park.

Hughes recommended rejecting the bid and opening the project for a new round of bids. She said she will work to ensure construction companies are aware that the project is again open.

The project faced initial delays after the village waited for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pledge its financial support. FEMA will provide $26,000 to help rebuild the path.

Hughes originally said the hoped the project would be completed by fall. Whether that timeline will now change depends on when a company can be found to complete the work. 

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