Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Wacker Road Project in Savanna Friday, June 14, included, from left, Christine Lee, Savanna City alderwoman and representative for State Rep. Tony McCombie; Jill Pepin, Community Funding and Planning Services; Dennis Foldenauer, Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce; Wayne Fischer, Fischer Excavating; Savanna Mayor Chris Lain; Savanna Public Works Supt. John Lindeman; Halle O'Connor, Northwest Community Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth; Nick Wagner, Vice President/Program Manager for MSA Engineering Consultants; Ricardo Montoya-Picazo, field representative for U.S. Cong. Cheri Bustos; John Delk, Elkay plant representative; and Jared Fluhr, MSA representative.

SAVANNA—A groundbreaking ceremony for Savanna’s $5.3 million Wacker Road reconstruction project was held at noon Friday, June 14, just east of the West Carroll Primary School, near the MacLean-Fogg/Metform building at 2551 Wacker Rd.

The ceremony, was coordinated by the city of Savanna in partnership with MSA Professional Services, Inc., celebrated upcoming infrastructure renovations to Wacker Road, which serves residential homes, commercial properties, industrial facilities and West Carroll Primary School within the city.

“The Wacker Road project will benefit so many in our community,” said Savanna Mayor Chris Lain in his welcoming remarks. “The residents along Wacker Road will be getting much needed curb and gutter as well as a new road to access their homes. Sidewalks will be put in to insure the safety of not only children in the area but all residents.”

Added Mayor Lain, “This project will also promote continued growth of Savanna's manufacturers and major employers. By constructing a new wider road, making Wacker a truck route and reconfiguring the intersection at Route 84, we are making it easier to do business and in Savanna.”

Improvements include a 31-foot-wide, 9-inch concrete roadway, 5-foot-wide concrete sidewalk with ADA compliance ramps, storm sewer collection system, water main replacement, sanitary sewer replacement and increased radii to accommodate truck turning movements along the route.

The project also includes reconstruction of intersecting Willow Street and Hickory Street with sidewalks added to improve pedestrian safety as part of the Safe Routes to School program.

Officials said the goal is to have substantial completion of the project by the end of November, with full completion by spring 2020.

“This project has been year in the making and it was a team effort to get to where we are today,” said Mayor Lain. “I would like to thank everyone who has put in so much time and effort to make this great project possible.

“Special thanks to MSA for their hard work and follow through with the engineering of this project. As well as the City of Savanna staff and city Council for keeping the planning moving forward.

“And a big thank you to Community Funding and Planning Services of Stockton for researching and securing the financing for a project of this size. We could not have done this without the grants and forgivable loans that they secured for us.

“Thank you to Elkay Manufacturing and Metform for being such a great partner to the City of Savanna and this community, and for your generous donations to help with the grant match.”

Funding sources for the Wacker Road Project include:

•The City of Savanna is contributing roughly $870,000.

•The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration is providing a $1,514,521 public infrastructure grant.

•The Illinois Department of Transportation is providing a $1,235,035 Economic Development Program grant and Truck Access Route Program grant.

•The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's public water supply loan program is providing the city with $721,888 in forgivable loan monies.

•The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's water pollution control loan program is providing the city with $245,757 in forgivable loan monies

•Elkay Manufacturing and MacLean Fogg-Metform are each contributing $20,000.

•The Illinois Department of Transportation is providing a $160,000 Safe Routes to School grant.