Bourbonnais OKs Armour Road bridge project
BOURBONNAIS — Armour Road will be more walker-friendly in 2022.
On Monday, the Bourbonnais village trustees gave the Illinois Department of Transportation the greenlight to reconstruct the Armour Road bridge. The state will add 13-feet-wide outside lanes for bicycles and pedestrians.
Bourbonnais, which owns the roadway west of the bridge, also would add a 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the south side of the road that will run down to Mooney Drive.
Construction will begin in the spring of 2021 and take 18 months to complete. Two lanes will be open throughout the project.
The proposed bridge reconstruction project comes after it received a rating of eight out of 100 for bridge quality within the past year.
“We get pedestrian traffic across it now, and it’s just dangerous,” Mayor Paul Schore said. “It is unbelievable to see people going across it in the dark. I am surprised we have not had a fatality there.”
Schore said CSL Behring has had talks with the village about possibly adding a bike trail to the area once the bridge project is complete.
Partnering with Aqua
The village is working on a $1.5 million partnership with Aqua Illinois to improve sewer options near the upcoming Interstate 57 interchange area.
Village trustees passed the first reading of an ordinance that would give village access to sewers located near the northeast quadrant of the interchange at the Bourbonnais-Manteno border.
Aqua, which purchased Manteno’s water and sewer systems last year, would provide Bourbonnais sewer access to both sides of County Road 1000E.
The partnership would give the village more flexibility as it pursues development at the future interchange.
The village is in the midst of a $10.2 million sewer project that will connect the interchange to the Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency’s wastewater treatment plant.
“They have some capacity there if we were to have a large water user,” Schore said. “We still have the ability to swing that to the west and tie into the new interceptor that we have along Route 45.”
Schore said partnering with Aqua for about $1.5 million would be cheaper than adding another sewer line that would have to run from Bourbonnais Parkway, under I-57 and out to Route 45.
“Obviously, the goal is to get the utilities in there and ready to go so the area can be developed,” Schore said. “Developers are not going to come in if they have nothing to work with.”