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La Salle County helps Peru Township acquire funds to finish Sandy Cosgrove Road project

Township will need to build retaining wall to stop erosion

Kerry Hardin, owner of C&H Excavating, and Steve Michelini, Peru Township highway commissioner, move a “road closed” sign to open up Sandy Cosgrove Road in the fall of 2019. The La Salle County Board voted to accept an intergovernmental agreement Thursday that will acquire the federal funds needed to reimburse Peru Township and finish the project.
Kerry Hardin, owner of C&H Excavating, and Steve Michelini, Peru Township highway commissioner, move a “road closed” sign to open up Sandy Cosgrove Road in the fall of 2019. The La Salle County Board voted to accept an intergovernmental agreement Thursday that will acquire the federal funds needed to reimburse Peru Township and finish the project.

The La Salle County government is stepping in to help Peru Township get its federal reimbursement money and complete a road project on Sandy Cosgrove Road after flood damage in 2019.

The La Salle County Board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the township to acquire the $717,115 reimbursement. In May 2019, the pavement caved away from the hillside along the road after heavy rains. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration reimbursed Illinois with
$4 million for highway repairs after spring flooding, and Peru Township was one of the project sites selected.

The county helped with data reporting necessary to collect the funds, said La Salle County Highway Engineer Don Ernat.

Ernat told the County Board on Thursday construction was completed in 2019 and the road was reopened, but it is in danger of again being damaged by erosion. Ernat said a retaining wall will need to be built so the road doesn’t wash away during spring or fall flooding. The retaining wall is part of
Phase 2 of the project.

Cost sharing for the project is 80% federal money and 20% township funds.

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