YORKVILLE – A decades-long effort in making another roadway bridge across the Fox River in Kendall County is about to become a reality, thanks to more state funding.
Kendall County Engineer Fran Klaas said the long-planned Eldamain Road bridge project has been on the county's radar for decades, with planning beginning in the early 1990s and the first engineering phase beginning more than a decade later. He said all that remained was getting guaranteed money for the project from the state.
"The planets all aligned and we were able to secure that funding," Klaas said.
Klaas's comments came after the Illinois Department of Transportation recently released a multi-year plan that includes additional funds for roadway projects in Kendall County. Among those projects are $45 million going toward construction of the bridge, which would span the Fox River southeast of Plano.
Klaas said the purpose of the project is to provide an additional avenue for moving people north and south in the county, despite the Fox River being an obstacle in adding more north-south traffic. He said there's currently about five miles separating the bridges at Route 47 in Yorkville and Fox River Drive near Plano.
“So Eldamain is a nice midpoint between the Yorkville bridge and Plano bridge for people to get across the river,” Klaas said.
Klaas said the project would also provide better access to commercial and industrial areas that could become more developed in the future.
Klaas said the goal is to have bids for the project come back in by next fall. He said he anticipates construction to last between two and three years.
“It would likely be the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023, when the project is completed,” Klaas said.
Klaas said he's grateful for other groups – including city, school and fire agencies, along with other county officials – understanding the need for the project and getting money for the bridge. He said he was really happy that lobbyists were able to "hit it out of the park" in securing funding for the project.
“It was a big effort on the part of a lot of different people to bring this all together,” Klaas said.
The Eldamain Road bridge will be the second bridge spanning the Fox River constructed under the direction of the county. The Orchard Road bridge in Oswego was completed in 2001.