Morris approves funding to widen Route 47
BY SARWAT S. AHMAD Correspondent October 23, 2013 5:22PM
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:14AM
Morris officials have approved spending up to almost $1 million for the city’s portion of the cost to widen Illinois Route 47 to four lanes.
The city council on Monday night approved several actions connected with the Route 47 project, including paying up to $857,000.
About 41/2 miles of the road — starting near Interstate 80 and extending to just north of Sherrill Road at the Grundy-Kendall county line — will be widened to four lanes, with added turn lanes and 12-foot wide shoulders included.
The state project is expected to take two years and is projected to cost nearly $50 million. This includes about $36 million in federal funds and about $12 million from the state.
However, the city will pay part because about 1.1 miles of the road lies within city limits, and some utility infrastructure work will be included. The city also will benefit from sidewalk extensions (from Costco to Saratoga Elementary School) and added streetlights and traffic signals, Mayor Richard Kopczick said after the meeting.
Morris originally estimated it would spend about $1.2 million, but the city crossed a number of items off of its wish list for the project, Kopczick said.
The city’s portion will be added to the 2014-15 budget and will come from general funds, the motor fuel tax and water and sewer funds. And the total could be lower depending on bids, Kopczick said. The state “hopes” to put the project to bid in November, he said.
The city council also authorized Kopczick to sign the plan approval letter, passed the cost-sharing agreement, and passed an ordinance prohibiting parking on Route 47 in Morris from I-80 to the northern city limit.