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Rain delays Edwards Boulevard extension completion to mid October



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August 18, 2010 | 07:49 AM
The $2 million Edwards Boulevard extension project is behind schedule because of weather.

City Administrator Dennis Jordan said he hopes the project will be ready for traffic by Oct. 15.

"They are about three weeks behind," Jordan said. "We are hoping it will be open for traffic then."

The road was expected to be ready by the end of September, but it wouldn't be landscaped until the end of November.

Jordan said the sewer system is in and the bridge over the White River is complete. The next work will be moving earth on the south side of the river.

Jordan said he was at the construction area Monday and said the work on the road will move relatively fast now because the sewer is in.

He also said it's difficult to envision, but the road will curve more toward the Aurora facility in the Geneva Square as it is connected with Sheridan Springs. He said the road will go over part of the parking lot of the former WE Energies building.

On April 1, 2008, Lake Geneva voters approved the Edwards Boulevard extension project on a 1,110-658 vote.

The project, which was approved by voters to not exceed $2.9 million, will extend Edwards Boulevard north from the Target and Best Buy area to Sheridan Spring Road and it includes a bridge over the White River.

RYAN Companies, developers of Target, will chip in $600,000 because the road work started in 2010.

This year, the city purchased the 19-acre WE Energies property for $452,000 and also approved a $2 million bid for construction of the road and the bridge over the White River.

The hope for the extension has been to improve traffic flow and congestion in the city and help the businesses currently on the north end of Edwards Boulevard.

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