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Batavia OKs $1.1 million street program

Contractor to resurface 5 miles of local roadways

BATAVIA – The smell of asphalt will be in the air later this month as work gets underway to resurface nearly 5 miles of local Batavia city streets.

The Batavia City Council on Aug. 6 approved a $1.1 million contract with Geneva Construction Co. of Aurora to repave 4.89 miles of roadway in locations scattered throughout the community.

City engineer Rahat Bari told aldermen that the work is classified as minor resurfacing, including milling of the existing surfacing and paving. Where needed, the contract also includes repairs to curbs and sidewalks, Bari said.

Portions of College, Lathem and Madison streets on the east side of the city will be resurfaced using $58,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds awarded to the city by Kane County, Bari said.

Funding for the street work also includes nearly $363,000 in motor fuel tax monies and $734,000 in non-MFT revenue from the city street improvement fund, Bari said.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will reimburse the city $531,000 of the cost from a grant that the city executed in 2014, Bari reported in a memo to aldermen.

Some of the more significant sections of roadway to be improved include Deerpath Road from McKee Street to Main Street, Carlisle Road from Route 31 to Hoover Road, Pine Street from Hart Road to Raddant Road, and Viking Drive from Pine Street to Hanson Street.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of September, Bari said.

For several years, tight city budgets have been placing limits on the resurfacing program.

“We’ve been playing a catch-up game since the economic downturn,” City Administrator Laura Newman said.

At the current rate, a city street will be resurfaced once every 28 years, Bari said. The city would need to increase spending on the program to $2.6 million per year in order to reduce that turnover to once every 20 years, he said.

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