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Yorkville City Council approves last land acquisition needed for Mill Road realignment

The recently paved Mill Road in Yorkville.
The recently paved Mill Road in Yorkville.

YORKVILLE – After the completion of an initial paving project, construction for the final Mill Road improvement project is one step closer to beginning.

The Yorkville City Council voted, 7-0, to approve an agreement for the city to acquire the last right-of-way land parcel needed for the project within the city during the council's meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at City Hall. Ward 2 Alderman Joe Plocher was absent from the meeting.

Yorkville Mayor John Purcell said the update comes after the city approved and repaved Mill Road as a temporary fix for the previously crumbling roadway. He said this is the final piece land-wise the city needed for the realignment project.

“This would be for the ultimate realignment," Purcell said.

The Foundation Capital group, who currently owns the parcel, agreed to a price of $10,000 for the right-of-way from the city, according to city documents.

City officials had said the hold up for the third parcel was due to all involved parties for the realignment project awaiting the results of a study that would possibly include a roundabout with Galena, Kennedy and Mill roads and whether different land would be required for a different alignment for the road. Since the city determined a single-lane roundabout was not the way to go, the officials had said, they resumed drafting an the agreement for the final land plot for the realignment project.

Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson had said the long-term Mill Road realignment improvement project, whether that includes a roundabout or traffic light, will cost more than $3 million. Grande Reserve subdivision developers are slated to give $2.9 million to the project following an agreement approved during the council’s May 8, 2018 meeting and eventual changes to the subdivision's annexation agreement.

Olson had said said the goal was to start construction for the realignment project during this past season, but the definite start date is ultimately dependent on when an amended annexation agreement comes in from the Grande Reserve developers.

• This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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