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Marengo City Council approves amended Route 23 road access motion

$1.3 million water main replacement OK’d

Joshua Blakemore
Joshua Blakemore

After several residents voiced concerns about a resolution that would not pursue or support access to a portion of Route 23 from Interstate 90, the Marengo City Council approved an amended motion Monday to clean up language in the proposal.

As part of a review of engineering plans for the I-90 and Route 23 interchange, the Illinois Department of Transportation requested that Marengo limit access off of Route 23 between Harmony Road and Coon Creek Road.

Several residents of the area said during public comment that the proposal could delay emergency services during flooding and other disasters. Riley Township Supervisor Karen Schnable said flooding regularly occurs in the area.

Residents also were confused by a map of the affected area, which appears to dead-end Coon Creek Road at Route 23.

City Administrator Joshua Blakemore said there was confusion that the proposal means Coon Creek Road would close, which is not the case. Therefore, the council approved an amendment that better reflects the Route 23 access.

The council also approved a bid from West Chicago-based Trine Construction Corp. to replace about 4,600 feet of water main along Route 23 and Route 20 for about $1.37 million. Blakemore said he does not expect a loss of water service for residents during construction.

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