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posted: 8/20/2014 5:30 AM

Engineers to study Wauconda roads, suggest repairs

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  • Wauconda officials have hired engineers to examine the town's roads.

       Wauconda officials have hired engineers to examine the town's roads.
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Wauconda trustees on Tuesday hired a suburban engineering company to examine the village's streets and determine what repairs are needed on which roads.

RHMG Engineers, a Mundelein firm, will start the project this summer and complete it within 60 days, according to village documents. The company will be paid $19,136 for the job.

The village public works department maintains approximately 55 miles of roadway in town.

This road study will help officials develop a long-term maintenance program, Public Works Director Brad Fink said.

"Basically what they're doing is evaluating every street in town," Fink said during Tuesday night's village board meeting.

Streets will be rated on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being the lowest possible score.

The company will review the ratings and make recommendations for repairs, such as:

• Crack sealing.

• The addition of a new top layer.

• Reconstruction.

The firm will make cost estimates for the recommended work, too.

Catching roads "on the cusp of complete failure" before they fall apart will save the village money, Fink said, because they'll cost less to repair if problems are identified earlier.

The survey could be good for five years, Fink said.

Funding for the study was included in the current budget.

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