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Federal funds to the rescue for caved-in Sandy Cosgrove Road

Road to South Bluff can be fixed by Halloween

More than half of one lane of the Sandy Cosgrove Road has been awaiting repair in Peru Township since heavy rains in spring preceded a cave-off.
More than half of one lane of the Sandy Cosgrove Road has been awaiting repair in Peru Township since heavy rains in spring preceded a cave-off.

After being impassable for months, Sandy Cosgrove Road could be reopened to traffic by Halloween.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration is reimbursing Illinois $4 million for highway repairs following spring flooding, and Peru Township is getting a piece of that pie.

“We’re supposed to be the only township to receive federal funds,” said Peru Township road commissioner Steve Michelini.

Sandy Cosgrove Road (North 2550th Road) has been closed since May 1 after road running up the hill between South Bluff Golf Course and the Ben Samek Road intersection started to collapse and crack along a hillside. The township shut the road down and got to work searching for funding to get the roadway fixed. Because of the extensive repairs needed, Michelini said the township sought federal dollars to help cover the costs.

Michelini estimates the total project will cost about $650,000 or $700,000. But now a majority of that is paid for. He said work will start within the next two weeks on the road, after the project was bid out and awarded to low bidder C&H Excavating Inc. of Earlville.

“They are going to remove part of the road and replace the base with rock and install curb and gutter and storm lines,” Michelini said. “This year is 100% paid for.”

Michelini said the storm lines will help keep water from running over the roadway, which was a direct cause of the collapse issues on the roadway. Michelini said the contractor has until the end of October to get this year’s portion of the project completed.

Next year, Michelini said the township is looking to install a retaining wall to help control future erosion. Cost sharing for that portion will be split, with federal money covering 80% and township funds, 20%.

La Salle County was not the only county listed to receive federal funds. Bureau and Putnam counties also were listed and beneficiaries. Pat Sloan, highway engineer for the Marshall-Putnam Highway Department said they did not have any damage during the spring and therefore did not have any projects earmarked. The Bureau County Highway Department did not respond by press time.

Brett Herrmann can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or bherrmann@shawmedia.com. Follow him @NT_SpringValley.

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