The contract for the enhancement project at the Aurora Transportation Center came in almost half a million dollars less than expected.
Ken Schroth, Aurora’s Public Works director, said the Illinois Department of Transportation awarded a contract last week for about $14.27 million, about $450,000 less than the engineer’s estimate for the project.
The state awarded the contract to Judlau Contracting Inc., a New York-based company with an office in Lisle . Schroth said it is the first time the city would have worked with the company.
Schroth told the City Council this week that the city already has its first construction meeting scheduled with the contractor and the state, which means the project should start in early spring.
The project includes work to make the Aurora Transportation Center on North Broadway more convenient, add more parking, make access to the center and to the Two Brothers Roundhouse complex better, and add parking to the center.
The project includes a 900-foot, curved pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will connect bike trails on the west and east banks of the Fox River, going over a natural island known as Blues Island. The public parking lots on the West Side of the river will become more accessible to the Transportation Center and RiverEdge Park because of the bridge, city officials said.
Part of the project also will add onto the southern portion of RiverEdge Park, creating a southern entrance and a beer concession stand.
The city received an $11.5 million Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant from the federal government to put toward the construction, as well as a $2 million grant from the Kane County Forest Preserve District. That means the city will pay less than $1 million toward construction.
But the city did pay a little more than $1 million for engineering the project to WBK Engineering, LLC. It also paid for some right-of-way purchase.
The city also paid to hire HR Green, of Yorkville, for engineering services, in essence to be like a project manager for the work.