Bids come in for Anderson Road project

By on August 9, 2013

ELBURN—Elburn and Kane County officials are hoping to see the earth move on the Anderson Road and Bridge project this fall, now that the Illinois Department of Transportation has received bids for the work.

With a bid of approximately $14.4 million, Martam Construction, Inc. and Herlihy Mid-Continent Company were the lowest of six pre-qualified companies that submitted bids for the project. According to Kane County Board member Drew Frasz, the bids came in at about 25 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate of $19 million. Approximately $2 million has already been spent on land acquisition.

Frasz said that since the recession, bids for construction work have come in consistently lower—anywhere from 10 percent to 25 percent below the estimate.

“People are looking for work,” Elburn Village President Dave Anderson said. “That’s less cost for the county and the village.”

Frasz said that with $9.6 million of outside funding from the federal government and the state, the cost to Kane County (and Kane County taxpayers) goes down from $10 million to $4 million.

“That’s a 60 percent reduction in our costs for the entire project,” Frasz said.

Kane County Department of Transportation Chief of Design Paul Holcomb, the project manager for the project, explained that a number of factors determine the bids, including the time of year, availability of other work and the current economy.

According to Holcomb, all six companies were pre-qualified to do the specific type of work required, earth excavation and bridge work. Martam’s expertise is in roadwork and Herlihy’s background is in bridgework, he said.

“We’ve worked with them (Martam and Herlihy) before, and I’m pretty confident that it will work out well,” Holcomb said.

The Kane County Transportation Committee still needs to give its approval for the project, with the vote scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14. The Kane County Board will vote on its approval on Tuesday, Sept. 10. In the meantime, IDOT will be reviewing the contract, and the project should be awarded by late September or early October.

Breaking ground this fall will give it time to freeze and thaw throughout the winter, leaving it ready for construction to begin by spring, Frasz said. He anticipates the project to be completed by late 2014 or early spring 2015.

According to Steve Coffinbargar, KCDOT assistant director of Transportation, the intergovernmental agreement states that jurisdiction of the bridge and the Metra coachyard will revert back to the village of Elburn one year after the roadway is open to traffic. However, the county will share 50/50 responsibility for its maintenance for the next 20 years.

Holcomb said that he and others within the county have been working on this project for more than four years, including the engineering design and working with the property owners and the village, to get to this point. He said it is the county’s largest project since the Sterns Bridge project.

“It’s got great connectivity, and a bit of a bypass off of (Route) 47,” he said. “It also provides access from Anderson Road to the Metra Station.”

The project will include an extension of Anderson Road, from Route 38 to Keslinger Road. The bridge would provide an overpass of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Anderson Road is considered by Kane County to be a top priority transportation project.