PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield Village Board approved an engineering agreement with Baxter and Woodman Consulting Engineers on Monday night that signifies the next step toward a Pace Park-n-Ride lot in the village.
The agreement will pay the firm no more than $321,820.49 for the project, which will cost the village up to $5.8 million, according to an intergovernmental agreement between the village and Pace.
However, Pace will reimburse the village for those costs.
“Engineering is 100 percent reimbursable by Pace, as well as 100 percent of the construction,” Plainfield Director of Public Works Allen Persons said.
The Park-n-Ride would be on about 10 acres of a 58-acre village-owned plot along Van Dyke Road.
There will be a 400 car parking lot with room for a future expansion to accommodate 600 cars. Commuters can enter from Van Dyke Road with a traffic signal and turn lanes. There will also be a shelter with washrooms.
“It’s a great project,” Trustee Margie Bonuchi said. “I’m looking forward to this moving along.”
Ridership on routes 755 and 855, which go to the Chicago Loop, increased almost six-fold in the past five years. Commuters currently park on the street near the Pace route stop, located southeast of the Van Dyke Road and Lockport Street intersection just west of Village Hall, and at Larry’s Diner.
The village has been pushing for this lot for several years.
“This project, we know, is high on the priority list for the village,” said Dennis Hogan, of Baxter and Woodman. “The goal is to break ground this fall. So we are on an accelerated schedule to finalize our plans.”
Trustee Brian Wojowski said Valparaiso, Indiana, is the east end of the Pace project and Plainfield is the west end of it.
“It expands and improves the transportation for the residents out there,” Wojowski said. “And it’s going to do the same here.”