Minooka trustees get road project update
By Kris Stadaslky For The Herald-News September 27, 2012 8:52AM
Updated: November 1, 2012 6:25AM
MINOOKA — Trucks and cars traveling through Twin Rails Industrial Park will only be able to enter off Ridge Road and exit on McLindon Road during the last phase of road construction. Additionally, vehicles will only be able to turn northbound onto McLindon Road; those heading south will be re-routed to Brannick Road.
It’s the safest alternative for everyone while the southbound lanes on McLindon Road are under construction, Superintendent of Public Works Rob Tonarelli said.
“We don’t want semis turning left,” Tonarelli said. “If we allow cars to go south the trucks will use it and destroy the road. It’s for the safety of all motorists.”
The southbound lane has been blocked off for the past four months while the lane was widened. The incline over the CSX railroad crossing was also reduced. Work will now begin on the other lane and is expected to be completed by December.
Once it is fully operational, weight limits will not allow truck traffic on McLindon Road because it was not built to bear the loads, Tonarelli said.
CSX is also planning to tear out and reconstruct the railroad crossing on Wabena Street, Tonarelli said. Work could start in the next few weeks, he told the Minooka Village Board.
Minooka has come to a contract agreement with the village of Channahon and American Charter Bank of Schaumburg, after months of negotiating over how much each village will pay for turn lanes on Route 6.
Land on the north side of Route 6 and Waters Edge Drive is within the village of Minooka. Property on the south side of Route 6 at Keating Point Boulevard is in Channahon.
IDOT required right-turn lanes from Route 6 into both properties in order to complete the intersection, Village Administrator Dan Duffy said.
Minooka trustees approved their portion of the agreement Tuesday night at a cost of $198,345.
Channahon’s portion is $637,605 for a turn lane, bike path and related grading and utility work, said Duffy.
P.T. Ferro Construction was awarded the bid for the entire project at a total cost of $835,951.
The project should be under way in the next few weeks, Duffy said.