Plum Grove Road work tops list of 2018 Schaumburg projects

Schaumburg's 2018 capital-improvement plan has a major emphasis on transportation, including reconstructing Plum Grove Road, building a new road through the former Motorola Solutions campus and creating a Roselle Road bike bridge.

Trustees recently reviewed the village's five-year plan for capital projects, going into greater detail on next year's proposed work.

The entire five years envision $233 million in projects, of which roadway improvements make up 68.9 percent.

During the 2018-19 budget year, the village will pay $42.7 million of the $57.1 million of work slated, with the rest covered by grants and other outside funding sources.

Among all the roadwork planned next year, the reconstruction of Plum Grove Road from Higgins Road north to the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway will probably affect drivers the most, Assistant Village Manager Paula Hewson said.

The work is scheduled to start about June, and detours will be publicized to help motorists navigate the area, she added. Though originally planned to be split between two budget years north and south of Golf Road, the project will now be done in one.

When planning capital improvements over five years, projects are generally prioritized by both need and the availability of outside funding assistance, Hewson said.

The new road through the Motorola campus being built for its planned redevelopment will be done in conjunction with intersection improvements on West Drive at Algonquin Road.

Both projects together are expected to cost $11.7 million, but Zurich North America will pay 70 percent or $1.2 million of the West Drive work.

In 2019, the intersection of Meacham and Algonquin roads is scheduled to be improved, bringing to an end several years of work along that section of Meacham Road and its tollway bridge.

The village will contribute $1 million to a $4.1 million bike path along the west side of Roselle Road between Hillcrest Boulevard and the north side of Central Road, including a bike bridge over Central Road. It will connect to another new bike path also being built there on the Sunstar property.

Some other prominent aspects of the capital plan, already discussed separately by trustees this month, include partnering with the Schaumburg Park District on the first year of a four-year, $10.5 million upgrade of Schaumburg Boomers stadium and relocating the village's nursing and senior services division to the Market Square shopping center at the northwest corner of Schaumburg and Plum Grove roads.

Demolition of the approximately 70-year-old Slingerland House on the village's municipal campus where the nursing division is housed today will cost $89,000 once the move is made.

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