Gov. Pat Quinn this month approved $9 million worth of construction projects in DuPage County, $7.4 million of which will be spent in Burr Ridge.
The long-awaited reconstruction of the bridge at County Line Road over Interstate 55 was awarded to Dunnet Bay Construction Company of Glendale Heights.
“The village has been working on this for a long time,” Burr Ridge village engineer Paul May said.
Originally slated for 2012, the project was pushed back by the state.
The construction company will replace the bridge’s superstructure, repave the roads and install underpass lighting. The project also includes more than $1 million worth of enhancements designed by the village to create what May called “a precedent-setting project.”
When completed, the bridge on County Line will have a look unique to Burr Ridge and one that mimics the logos and colors of the town’s Village Center, officials said. Decorative railings, brick surfaces, accent lighting and landscaping of the cloverleaf at Interstate 55 and County Line are all part of the project, made possible by an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Project grant awarded in 2010. The village is obligated to pay 20 percent of the $1.26 million cost, or about $260,000, most of which already has been spent on engineering and design fees.
May said the project came in about $1.5 million under the original budget. Most of that savings will be realized by the state, but May said the village also stands to spend less than expected.
Village Administrator Steve Stricker said the village’s portion of the project is being paid for with funds from the hotel-motel fund and will not require additional taxpayer dollars.
May said preliminary demolition work might begin as early as January, with construction set to begin in the spring. One lane in each direction will remain open at all times on County Line Road, he said.
May said construction will continue through next summer, in hopes of having the bridge finished and the road open by the 2014 holiday shopping season.