Some street work costs more, some less, in Tolono

TOLONO — There was good news and bad news this week on the cost of Tolono's summer street repairs.

Engineer Tim LaRocque of Foth Infrastructure & Environment said bids for motor fuel tax-funded street repairs had been opened on May 13.

"They came in a little higher than we expected," LaRocque said.

While estimates had been about $33,000, the lowest bid came from Illiana Construction for about $44,000. LaRocque cited lower quantities or increased aggregate costs as possible reasons for the unexpected cost.

The board awarded the contract to Illiana.

The board also discussed repairing Benham and Calhoun Streets, which were damaged during a drainage improvement project last year. While it was estimated that it would cost $155,000 to put a 4-inch asphalt surface on the street, actual pricing was just over $139,000, Foth engineer Matt Johnson said. The board agreed to extend the completion date on the project from June 18 to July 5.

Benham Street residents present at the meeting asked if the street could be closed to reduce dust generated by traffic. Village President Jeff Holt agreed but asked that the street not be closed until after Memorial Day as it is used to access one of the town's cemeteries.

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