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  • Megann Horstead

Yorkville roadway improvement program sees cost saving


Roadway improvement projects for the City of Yorkville saw a $4,469.39 cost saving at the end of this year’s construction season.

The Yorkville City Council last week approved change order request no. 1 to reduce the amount of the motor fuel tax funds needed to pay D. Construction for work performed as part of the Road to Better Roads Program.

Brad Sanderson, the city’s engineer, said the cost to perform roadway improvements varies from year to year but that’s OK.

“It’ll just roll into next year’s program,” he said.

Sanderson explained that with constructions projects, the quantities installed are estimated at the time when a contract is approved.

“The road to making improvements is based on final quantities,” he said. “We typically try to estimate conservatively.”

In 2010, the city had every street analyzed for inclusion in pavement management program.

Among streets included as part of the 2016 Road to Better Roads Improvement program were Somonauk Street, Church Street and Faxon Road.

“We’re down to punch-list items,” Sanderson said of the roadwork, noting while the majority of the improvements are complete, other contractual items such as grass still need time to grow.

The city previously worked with D. Construction for completion of the Road to Better Roads program.

Sanderson said the work that is performed annually is for the community benefit.

“We’re actually looking at next year’s roads since we’re using motor fuel tax dollars,” Sanderson said. “We have to publicly bid the project.”

Sanderson added that the contract for next year’s program will go to the lowest bidder.

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