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Spring Grove hires contractor for road resurfacing

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 7:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:35 p.m. CDT

SPRING GROVE – Three sections of Spring Grove will be repaved this summer as part of the village's road program.

The Spring Grove Village Board hired Payne & Dolan, the low bidder at $504,029.89, at its meeting Tuesday evening.

The bid came in just slightly higher than the engineer's estimate of about $500,000, Village Clerk Sandi Rusher said.

The project includes resurfacing Winn Road north of English Prairie Road and Spring Grove Estates Unit 4, as well as the final asphalt course in the Red Oaks subdivision, which will be paid for using revenue from the subdivision's special service area taxing district, she said.

The resurfacing will be paid for using motor fuel tax dollars and a $150,000 grant acquired through assistance by state Sen. Pam Althoff, R-McHenry, Village President Mark Eisenberg said, adding that Althoff assisted the village in acquiring a $500,000 grant for roads during the recession.

Because motor fuel tax funds are allocated based on population, small villages often need to save up before they can do road improvements.

"Without the grant, we would have been $150,000 less, which is a huge difference," Eisenberg said. "We have 70 miles of road to maintain. Every dollar gets stretched thin."

The village of Spring Grove doesn't have any other projects planned for the summer.

It's waiting for money from a state grant to come through before it can start on an extension of the Winn Road bike path to the Thousand Oaks subdivision, Eisenberg said, adding they're hoping to start work in spring 2015.

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