Woodstock to apply for federal highway funds
The city of Woodstock is attempting to obtain federal highway funds through the McHenry County Council of Mayors to help finance local highway construction.
The three resurfacing projects the city is submitting applications for include Greenwood Avenue from Wicker Street to Route 47, McConnell Road between Zimmerman Road and the Applewood Subdivision and West Jackson Street between Pleasant Street and the Emricson Park entrance.
The city is requesting more than just resurfacing projects, however.
“In addition, I am recommending that the city submit an application for additional funding to construct various intersection and/or traffic control improvements at St. John’s Road at Route 47 as well as intersection improvements for a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Lake Avenue, South Street and Madison Street,” said City Manager Tim Clifton in a memo to the council. “If approved, the city is eligible to receive up to 80 percent in federal highway funds to use for these improvements, which would allow the city to accomplish more local street maintenance with fewer local dollars.”
In the past, the city has completed projects along Raffel Road, Calhoun Street and South Street using this method of funding.
“At this time, the Council of Mayors projects that there will be a total of $3,885,931 in federal highway funds available county-wide for these three fiscal years,” a staff report stated.
Applications for the projects were completed by outside firms at no charge to the city.
To be considered, projects need to be on a Surface Transportation Program route, which is determined by the MCCM and the Illinois Department of Transportation. A local match of at least 20 percent of the cost of the project also is required.
The council voted 6-0 in favor of submitting the applications. Councilman Mark Saladin was absent from the meeting.