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McHenry road extension planned for spring

McHENRY – The city is moving ahead on plans to connect Knox Drive to Charles J. Miller Road.

The McHenry City Council hired engineering firm HR Green at its meeting Monday to handle professional services, including conducting a topographic survey, handling project coordination and preparing contract plans and documents.

This phase of engineering will cost the city just under $27,000, according to council documents.

The total cost of the project, including engineering, is estimated at $326,000, with nearly $200,000 of the cost covered by contributions from nearby commercial property owners.

Because the timetable for the project is tied to the county's improvement of Charles J. Miller Road, the county is fronting the remainder of the cost.

The city will reimburse the county over three years starting in May 2015 using general fund revenue and developer contributions from the Oaks at Irish Prairie subdivision, said Jon Schmitt, the city's public works director.

The Miller Road project will cause businesses on the northeast corner of Route 31 and Miller Road to lose full access to Route 31, said Chad Pieper, a project manager with HR Green. The Knox Drive extension will connect those businesses back to Route 31 via Miller Road.

To make sure that extension before the Miller Road project moves ahead, the plan is to start work in the spring so the project is substantially completed by the end of the 2014 construction season. However, that plan is dependent on the county securing the necessary right of way, Schmitt said.

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