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Fleming Road repair costly, additional $70K needed

Bid came with cushion to absorb extra expenses

Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2013 6:22 p.m. CDT

BULL VALLEY – Unexpected repairs to scenic but deteriorated Fleming Road will cost an extra $70,000 to fix.

The McHenry County Board on Tuesday voted, 21-0, to approve the expense, which will eat about half of the $140,000 cushion that it set aside for the ongoing rehabilitation project.

Planners originally had identified 25 areas, or about 4 percent of the 2-mile stretch of road, that would require full-depth patching. But since work began last month, 32 new areas of pavement failure have been identified, or 11 percent of the total pavement area, according to the McHenry County Division of Transportation.

Work began at the start of June to rehabilitate the road connecting Route 120 and Country Club Road. The plan rebuilds the road in its existing footprint using a technique called cold in-place recycling, which grinds up the old road and part of the roadbed and uses the ground-up material to lay down the new one.

The aging road, first paved in 1966, was filled with potholes and falling apart when MCDOT announced in 2010 its intention to rebuild it. But residents were shocked at the original plans, which would have almost doubled the road’s footprint, and in residents’ eyes, taken a lot of old trees, flowers and scenery with it.

Residents fought back with a public relations campaign and locking up at least 20 properties in complicated three-way conservation easements that would have meant a protracted fight for the county to obtain the needed right-of-way.

The fight ended last year after the Illinois Department of Transportation approved the rules that would allow local governments to use cold in-place recycling and rebuild the road in its existing footprint.

The County Board in March voted, 22-0, to approve the rehabilitation plan and award the $830,000 bid to Crystal Lake-based Curran Contracting Co. The cost includes a 20 percent cushion for unforeseen circumstances – the work itself adds up to slightly more than $690,000.

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