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Public Works Director Explains Stagnant Construction on Old Rand Rd.

Asphalt work on South Old Rand in Lake Zurich stalled since spring.

 

A federally funded project to put sidewalks on South Old Rand Road connecting the area to downtown is taking much longer than expected. While the sidewalks were completed in the spring, approval of adjacent asphalt work is holding up the project.

Lake Zurich Public Works Director Dave Heyden said he is working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to determine what can be done to get the stalled road job finished.

Heyden explained that sidewalk project was funded through a CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation. CMAQ projects are subject to state oversight. The State of Illinois bid the project and manages it.

Heyden said the state takes the low bid and will give contractors a chance even if they are inexperienced with state projects. 

“It’s a federal job and the state has to approve all materials, The contractor (Copenhaver Construction) has submitted quality assurance to IDOT  three times; all times were rejected,” Heyden said.  

Heyden said federal guidelines are different from the state and different from village procedures. He said the contractor is apparently unfamiliar with the process. He said the contractor’s third quality assurance application for the asphalt mix was rejected two weeks ago.

 

“We’re trying to figure out what other options the village has. We’re contacting IDOT to see if there are any other options. We want to make sure this is buttoned up and the roadway is finished before winter,” Heyden said.

 

 

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Marie October 19, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Can't the village just fill in the holes with asphalt? Or are we talking a need to repave the entire surface? Those baracades are a nuisance and dangerous as they tend to be all over the ground as shown in the photo.
Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way October 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Can someone say TOO MANY LAYERS OF GOVERNMENT. How many layers of government does it take to pave a road? None, and 3 to watch them do it.
C W October 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Why doesn't IDOT just tell Copenhaver what they want from the get go, seems like it would save an awful lot of agrivation.
Ron Blohm October 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I talked to Mike Brown on Wednesday.. No Progress to Date.. Crazy project life cycle

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