Yorkville gets almost $500,000 for Route 47 additions - New York News

Yorkville gets almost $500,000 for Route 47 additions

Posted: Updated:
YORKVILLE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Southwest suburban Yorkville has been awarded an almost $492,000 grant for enhancements along the Route 47 project. But to accept it, the city will have to find about $310,000 in matching funds during the next several years.

The money would go toward street lighting and other landscape improvements on the Route 47 widening project. The widening is due to start soon, although a specific start date has not been announced by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The $45 million Route 47 widening is a three-year project being done in three phases, the first being from Somonauk Road to Route 126, which includes downtown.

When the City Council approved its participation in the project, aldermen cut down some of the cost to the city by cutting out certain items in the project. That included decorative lighting and landscaping.

As it stands now, the project includes new lighting only at intersections where there will be traffic signals installed. The project also includes "roughed-in" conduit for additional or decorative street lighting.

Aldermen and city officials decided they could try to find other funding at a later date to add more lighting along Route 47 downtown, and applied for the state grant last May.

The entire enhancement project is estimated to be just under $900,000, with the city's share being about $390,000.

In a memo this week announcing the grant award, City Administrator Bart Olson said the city has about $80,000 in downtown tax increment financing district money available and eligible for the match. The city would have to find about $310,000 from the budget for the rest of the match.

Olson estimated that with time to get the grant money, focus the scope of the project, bidding and all related items, it could be four to five years before the city would have to come up with its match.

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:37:52 GMT
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
  • Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

    Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:49:34 GMT
    Gov. Chris Christie of New JerseyGov. Chris Christie of New Jersey
    Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
    Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
  • Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:35:03 GMT
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices