Plainfield's capital improvement fund budget remains conservative but addresses traffic and infrastructure needs for the next five years, Traci Pleckham, management service director, told the village board at a committee meeting earlier this week.
Total revenues in the plan include $6.8 million in 2015, and $6.3 million each year up to 2019, according to documents. Total expenditures for fiscal year 2015 will be $6.2 million and $5.9 million each year up to 2019. About $2.5 million from the capital improvement fund will be transferred to debt services each year for five years.
The village will spend $1 million per year on roadway maintenance, $500,000 to $950,000 per year on roadway improvements, $475,000 per year on machinery and equipment and $200,000 per year on emerald ash borer tree cutting and replacement, among other things.
"The next five years (capital plan) seems pretty straightforward today, but obviously we will be looking at this throughout the whole year to update it as necessary," Pleckham said.
Village officials also gave a presentation on capital improvement projects for 2014/15 and the years ahead. Construction on a ramp improvement project at Interstate 55 and U.S. Route 30 in Plainfield will begin this summer. At a committee of the whole meeting in January, Marc Grigas, of Strand Associates, Inc., of Joliet, told trustees that bidding for the state project would begin in February. Grigas said the project includes widening two ramps, traffic signal improvements and new street lighting, and more.
The village also hired Strand Associates to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed Lockport Street by-pass to alleviate traffic downtown. The bypass calls for rerouting motorists off Illinois Route 126 and onto Lockport Road. The by-pass project would provide an alternative route for vehicles on Illinois Route 59, but that option likely involves cutting through parkland and other private property, officials recently said. The study should be finalized by the fall of this year.
An official with Kendall County told the village board that a 4-way signal will be installed at Ridge Road and Illinois Route 126 this summer. The project is expected to take place in two phases. The first will be for utility and earthwork and the last for everything else.
The village also plans to install traffic control devices at the intersection of Lockport Street and Wallin Drive. Sidewalk and bike path improvements will be completed this year on Van Dyke Road and Lockport Street.
More than two dozen local roads will be resurfaced this year. They include Eastern Avenue, Corbin Street, Chicago Street Arnold Street, College Street, Vista Lane, Robert Avenue, Benson Avenue, Frederick Street, Julie Avenue and Charles Drive.
Village officials said the resurfacing list may change depending on road conditions after the snow melts.