More discussion on the future of Mill Rd. in Yorkville will go back before a Yorkville City Council committee next week.
According to Yorkville public works committee documents, an intergovernmental agreement between the city and Kendall County to perform interim improvements on Mill Rd. has now been drafted.
Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson writes that, if approved, the city would pay the county for the cost of the construction as it is bid out while the county would perform the design and construction engineering with in-house employees.
Administrative staff estimates that bids will be between $100,000 and $200,000 for the one-and-a-half inch fix between Kennedy Rd. and the city boundaries.
Documents indicate the mill and overlay specs in the agreement are less than the city’s normal mill and overlay, as the project is
expected to extend the useful life of the roadway for about two to five years.
The agreement essentially buys more time for further study, an annexation agreement amendment with a developer that is holding up a $3 million long-term fix and land acquisition of three parcels.
Also, as part of a long term fix for Mill Rd., WSPY reported last month that officials from Yorkville and Kendall County could consider jointly constructing a roundabout to better traffic flow among Mill Rd., Kennedy Rd. and Galena Rd.
Olson spoke about the idea at last month's meeting.
Portions of the area are under county jurisdiction, such as Galena Rd. Kendall County Highway Engineer Fran Klaas also told the committee last month that a current study in place already favors a roundabout for efficiency at Kennedy and Galena.
Klaas said whether Mill Rd. should be included in the roundabout requires more study.
Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson says if aldermen approve the interim work via the intergovernmental agreement with Kendall County, the city will have the ability to approve the bid and/or reduce the scope of the project.
He says while the money is not yet in Yorkville's budget, administration anticipate a healthy fund balance at the end of FY 19 and will prepare a budget amendment for the city council meeting when the bids will be reviewed and approved.