Coming around to the McHenry County Transportation Committee for the second time in three weeks is a $2,229,600 proposal to build a roundabout north of the Woodstock North High School on Raffel Road where it dead ends at Charles Road.
The $2.2 million comes from property taxes.
What makes this of more than passing interest is that the Committee rejected the idea on a 2-3 vote the day after the March 15th Primary Election at which Committee Chairwoman Anna May Miller saw her bid to be re-nominated for County Board member thwarted.
Here is what the minutes say happened the first time the proposal faced the Transportation Committee (after Ken Koehler was replaced by Jeff Thorsen):
Here’s what the memo describing the project says:
The Charles Road at Raffel Road intersection was identified as a project in the 2009-2013 Highway Improvement Program (a.k.a. Transportation Program) to address safety (to reduce severe angle collisions) and traffic concerns. The intersection is currently experiencing more accidents than the national average for a similar type of intersection.
On August 6, 2014, after receiving input from the public and evaluating different types of improvements, the Transportation Committee gave consensus to move forward with the roundabout design as it addressed the safety and traffic operation concerns identified.
The roundabout has been designed to handle larger vehicles including school buses, semitrailers and farm equipment.
There were three bidders with the low bidder coming in at $2,229,600.00. The engineer’s estimate was $2,874,920.00. A 15% contingency has been added to the appropriation to account for variations in quantities and any unforeseen circumstances. The appropriated amount of $2,600,000.00 will be from the FY2016 Matching Fund
A forensic auditor with expertise in construction projects advised that he was not bothered by contingency fees of 5% or less.= = = = =
Having caused the problem by putting is school bus operation on Charles Road, one might think that Woodstock School District 200 would be tapped for the cost.
See also $10 Million More to “Expedite” Randall Road Right-of-Way Purchases, which will be considered at the same meeting next Wednesday morning.