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Longmeadow bridge project moving ahead

Updated: August 11, 2013 6:33AM

GENEVA — Kane County officials took another step forward on Tuesday with the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge, the largest road construction project the county has ever undertaken.

The county board approved the start of Phase II engineering work for the $127 million bridge. The span and connecting roadway will extend 5.6 miles from Huntley Road on the west to Route 62, between Algonquin and Carpentersville.

Phase II will turn the bridge plans into more of a reality, said Transportation Committee chairman Drew Frasz, R-Elburn.

“This is every minute detail of constructing the bridge and the corridor,” he said.

The project also will likely include a toll component, so that drivers foot part of the bill for the roadway, which is to benefit both Kane and McHenry counties and about a dozen communities in the area.

“We felt that the toll bridge would help distribute the cost of the project to the people who are going to use it,” Frasz said.

Construction on the project could begin as soon as 2015.

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