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[MAY 12, 2006]  Road and bridge committee members made a decision to recommend to the county board acceptance of an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Lincoln to share costs of the renovation of Fifth Street from Lincoln Parkway to Interstate 55. The agreement would launch an updated study of the Fifth Street Road project.

Board member Dick Logan interrupted proceedings at Thursday evening's work session when the matter was not brought up by the committee and asked about it.

Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett approved the agreement from a legal standpoint, and it has been approved by the county engineer, Bret Aukamp.

However, chairman Terry Werth said that they would not bring it forward this month because other board members have concerns about moving it forward at this time.

The city of Lincoln has it on their agenda to pass their portion of the intergovernment agreement on Monday.

City engineer Mark Mathon said at their April 25 meeting that the county wanted to see where the funds for the project would come from written into the contract. He said that the city would draw from their accumulated FAU FDC annual allotment to go forward with this project. They would also look for other funding.

Currently $772,000 is received through a federal transportation fund recently released by the state of Illinois. Those funds, which were applied for five years ago, are to be split 80 percent to the county and 20 percent to the city for the project.

Of the anticipated $5 million project costs, the county is responsible for 25 percent, which is $1.25 million, and the city for 75 percent, $3.75 million.

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Other county roadwork

Spring work has begun for the county highway department. Aukamp reported that crews have been out checking roads, patching and filling in cracks, doing sign work, performing ditch and storm cleanup.

Roadwork around the historic Elkhart bridge, which has been delayed the last year, is expected to begin as soon as the Elkhart Historical Society can acquire insurance for the bridge.

Other delayed roadwork on County Highway 10 near Elkhart could begin soon also. Legal work is nearly complete and is only waiting for the landowner to accept an offer.

Traffic counts to begin throughout Logan County this month

From the county engineer:

The traffic counts will be conducted at various locations all across the county, including in each of the cities and villages. There will be close to 2,000 locations on different roads and streets that will be monitored. The Illinois Department of Transportation recommends the locations.

The street departments from the various municipalities will be conducting the counts in their own areas. The county highway department will be conducting the counts on all the remaining locations.

The information will be compiled by IDOT and will be incorporated into an updated traffic map for the county. The information will also be available on the IDOT website. The last time this was done in Logan County was 1997.

[Jan Youngquist]

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