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Fox River Grove capital projects moving along

Published: Sunday, June 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

FOX RIVER GROVE – Construction infrastructure projects around town for the summer are moving along.

Fox River Grove officials recently reviewed the progress on capital projects, which is a focus of the village’s budget this year.

Resurfacing of roads in the Victoria Woods subdivision and replacement of certain sidewalks is underway. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of June.

“The resurfacing of the Victoria Woods subdivision is part of the village’s long-term plan to replace village infrastructure,” Village President Robert Nunamaker said. 

Workers have begun paving a parking lot in Lions Park. The new lot will include 49 parking spaces, two of which will be handicapped spaces. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of June, the village said in a news release.

The parking lot work at Lions Park and the Victoria Woods subdivision work is estimated to cost $639,900.

Other projects around town have recently been completed.

The village extended water and sewer lines on County Line Road to a site designated for the new public works facility in the future. Because the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency required upgrades at the wastewater treatment facility, the village will need to move the public works operations from the existing facility on Hillcrest Avenue.

In addition to extending utility services, a paved shoulder also was added on the west side of the street. This $240,000 improvement was mostly paid for with a $200,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the village said in a news release.

The village also recently replaced piping, repainted water storage tanks and replaced worn valves at Water Treatment Plant 1, which was built in 1924 and last had rehabilitation work done in 1972.

“This project was necessary to ensure the citizens of Fox River Grove continue to receive quality drinking water,” Nunamaker said.

The village will soon begin constructing walking paths in several parks to make them handicapped accessible.

New paths will be installed at Lions Park baseball field, playground and swings, at North River Park, at the Picnic Grove shelter, gazebo and playground, and at Hunter’s Farm Park and Foxmoor Park.

The village also plans to repave the Opatrny Walking Path, near the Picnic Grove subdivision.

Construction of a standalone warming station at the village’s Metra stop is close to completion. Once the new warming station is complete, the existing one will be demolished and will be replaced with a larger station that includes bathrooms and facilities for a possible vendor, the village said. Construction of a new platform recently was completed.

The $2 million investment in Fox River Grove is being paid mostly by Metra. Fox River Grove is paying $82,400 to cover lighting upgrades in the parking lot and platforms.

The project is expected to be done by September.  

“The village of Fox River Grove is excited about these investments in infrastructure in our community, which will positively impact the quality of life for our residents,” Nunamaker said.

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