Nelson Road Extension Project Advancing
The Nelson Road extension project is moving forward.
The Nelson Road extension project is beginning to take shape, but accommodating pipeline companies and dealing with the landowner continues to complicate matters.
The plan to connect the south and north sides of town along Nelson Road entails the construction of a one-mile extension between Haven Avenue and Illinois Highway. The cost estimate is $4 million, according to Mayor Tim Baldermann.
Village Engineer Will Nash said they are in discussion with BP Oil, Inc. staff, attempting to come up with a design that both crosses the pipeline and runs parallel to it.
"You can do it. The issue is how close can you be when running parallel?" Restrictions guard the depth of the road where it crosses over the top of the easement, he explained.
The pipeline companies, which have owned the right-of-way since the 1920s or '30s, have been slow in responding to the village's outreach, said Kurt Carroll, village administrator, at the Dec. 11 board meeting. At the moment, the aim is to design a site plan that meets with their approval.
Nash shed no light on a time-table for completion of the project. "It's something we'd like to get done as quickly as we can."
Meanwhile, negotiations with Voss Properties, owner of the undeveloped acreage between Haven Avenue and Illinois Highway, are not yet cemented. However, the village and the property owner are still in communication, said Nash.
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