Greene & Bradford of Springfield
was contracted to perform certain requirements and develop
engineering plans in the application process for an economic
development grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The company has completed the required traffic impact study and the
accompanying engineering plans for the area.
Costs for construction plans and
engineering from Greene & Bradford are $92,000.
The grant covers between 50 percent
and 100 percent of the engineering plans and the actual
construction. Everything that is directly related to Illinois Route
10 is covered 100 percent. All the side-road engineering and
construction costs get 50 percent coverage. The city covers the
other 50 percent.
The primary road that Sysco trucks
will be using when the warehouse opens will be the one closest to
Interstate 55, Heitmann Drive. Heitmann runs along the west side of
the Thornton truck stop.
road construction and extensions of roads to the commerce park will
be done in the following order:
- First, Madigan Drive will get a
gravel road extension. This will provide access to the property.
Construction equipment will access the site via this road. The
road will be constructed as the subgrade for paving later.
- Next a road will be built
connecting Heitmann and Madigan drives.
- Then Heitmann Drive will be
extended and paved
- Lastly, the Madigan Drive
extension will be paved.
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Approval of the plans pending the
development agreement with Sysco is on the June 6 agenda.
The complex will be built on 52
acres northwest of Fifth Street and Connelley Road. It will include
office space, freezers, coolers and storage.
The city, county, and Lincoln and
Logan Development Partnership spent many hard hours working together
for six months to bring the company to town. The announcement was
made on May 9 that Lincoln was Robert's Sysco Food Service Inc. site
Bobbie Roberts, president of the
local division of Robert's Sysco Food Service, said at the
announcement that the company would like to begin construction this
July and expects to be operational by next summer.