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Over 7.5 miles of streets to be resurfaced

Over 7.5 miles of Montgomery streets will be resurfaced this spring and summer, village officials have announced.

The village board voted in February to award a contract totaling $2,542,245 to Builders Paving of Hillside to resurfaces several streets on the village’s east and far west sides. Some curb and sidewalk work will also be completed as part of the program, according to village officials.

Streets to be resurfaced on the village’s far west side are in the Lakewood Creek subdivision and include: Griffith, Kala, Kathleen, Shauna, Lynn, Andrew, Caliendo, Jenna, Oakmont and Rebecca drives.

Set for resurfacing in the industrial area south of Aucutt Road, also on the west side, are Commercial and Industrial drives, and Albright Road.

On the village’s near east side, Parker Court and Keck, Henry, Marsh, Hartway and Harmony drives will be resurfaced, along with Sherman Avenue from Douglas Road west to Mill Street.

The more than 7.5 miles of streets set for resurfacing represents the largest annual street maintenance program every undertaken by the village, according to Montgomery officials.

Village President Matt Brolley confirmed Friday the village will use a combination of state-reimbursed motor fuel tax funds and revenues from a non-home-rule sales tax approved by village voters in a 2014 referendum to finance the resurfacing. The village has been placing revenues from the 1 percent sales tax into a capital improvement fund to help pay for its annual street maintenance program.

Prior to the referendum, the village’s engineering consultants advised the board the village would require an additional $1.8 million to $2.3 million annually to maintain local streets. The number of streets requiring maintenance in the village increased dramatically after 2000 due to the development of several new subdivisions on the village’s far west side.

In a statement, Montgomery officials noted that village staff and the village’s engineering consultants are committed to managing the resurfacing work with as little inconvenience to the community as possible. However, they added it is important for residents to remember that the resurfacing work will pose a temporary inconvenience for some. For instance, they noted at times parking on the affected streets will be prohibited between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. They ask that motorists and residents be alert for signage in the construction area as the work progresses.

Village officials opened bids for the contract Feb. 2. Builders Paving submitted the lowest bid, which was also 13 percent below the village’s pre-bid cost estimate, according to Todd Hoppenstedt, the village’s director of public works.

During a Feb. 27 board meeting, Hoppenstedt noted that village staff had worked previously with Builders Paving and recommended the board award the contract to the firm.

Denny Lee, a village board member, voiced support for awarding the contract to Builders Paving, noting that the firm has done a good job in resurfacing streets in neighboring Aurora. The vote to hire Builders Paving was unanimous.

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