The Huntley village board has approved spending $150,000 for a bike path and screening along Kreutzer Road -- part of an ongoing extension of the roadway west to Main Street.
The cost of building the bike path is estimated at $50,000, while the remaining $100,000 will be spent on adding evergreen trees and stone-vinyl fencing spanning 230 feet near an outlot owned by the Sun City Community Association, along the west side of the extended Kreutzer Road. The village has permission from the association to plant the trees and add berms to provide screening for the new roadway, which is of a higher elevation, according to village documents.
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Last summer, village officials decided to build a bike path along the east side of Route 47 from Kreutzer Road south to Oak Creek Parkway near Sun City. That segment is under construction as part of the Kreutzer Road extension.
An existing bike path on Kreutzer Road starts at Main Street going south into the Lions Chase subdivision. The plan is to extend that path from Lions Chase roughly 515 feet south along Kreutzer Road to the Route 47 intersection, Assistant Village Manager Lisa Armour said.
"So there would be a complete connection from West Main through Lions Chase to (Route) 47," she said. "Now we'll be able to continue the bike path on the east side of (Route) 47 over to Walmart."
The village board recently authorized securing easements along the north side of Kreutzer Road from Route 47 east to the signalized access into Walmart on Kreutzer for construction of the bike path to begin.
The project includes traffic signal improvements that will be completed along with the Kreutzer extension, expected to be done by mid-June.
The budget for the Kreutzer Road extension is $6.5 million, including design, engineering, construction and right-of-way acquisition, Armour said. Of that amount $1.5 million comes from a federal grant administered by the McHenry County Council of Mayors. The remainder will be funded through the village's street improvement program and fees from new development.