Plans to redesign Old County Farm Road will be included with another road project in an effort to capture federal street funding.
City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said he will include the conceptual drawing of the Old County Farm Road and East Park Street realignment as part of the scope of engineering work for Phase II of the Denmark Road project.
He explained that the Denmark Road project will utilize federal funds for construction, but the engineering portion will be paid for out of the city’s coffers.
“That allows a lot more flexibility within the contract,” he said.
Zimmermann added that once the conceptual drawing is created for the Old County Farm Road realignment project, there is a better chance for the road to be reclassified in order to be eligible for federal funding.
In order to receive federal Surface Transportation Program funding, city streets must be designated as urban collectors or arterial streets, Zimmermann said.
Old County Farm Road is considered a “local road.”
“The idea is to provide whatever information that is available to redesignate the road,” Zimmermann said.
The urban collectors within the city limits are West Park Road, Church Street, Springfield Avenue, Prairie Dell Road, Denmark Road, College Road and Main Street. There are two “minor arterial” streets in the city — Washington Avenue and Independence Drive.
Zimmermann has said there were two options for a new intersection, to replace the Old County Farm Road intersection, on Highway 47. Those include an extension of Peters Lane to the west or a new intersection south of Peters Lane, which is located off of Rock Road.
Zimmermann noted that both options are costly. Extending Peters Lane would require right of way, and a new intersection would require the construction of new streets.
In 2010, Zimmermann said the construction of the Peters Lane intersection was recommended to be performed in the city’s last transportation plan developed in 1999.
A Peters Lane intersection would give better access from Highway 47 to businesses, including UPS, and residents off Rock Road and Old County Farm Road, officials said then.
The second phase of a Denmark Road widening initiative was in the 2014-17 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) approved in July by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.
Included in the project is the widening, resurfacing and sidewalk construction from St. Andrews Drive to Grandview Farms Drive.
The cost of the project is $1,429,376, with a federal grant of $1,016,056 and a local match of $413,320.
The proposal includes a low-water bridge replacement.