Hazardous roads have subdivision residents lobbying for repairs

Deteriorated condition of streets in Heritage Settlement neighborhood raises questions about upgrade priorities

A dozen Village of Grafton residents voiced concerns about hazardous road conditions in the Heritage Settlement Subdivision during Monday’s Public Works Committee meeting.

The roads, which were built in the early 1980s, are expected to be reconstructed in 2025, according to a five-year capital improvement plan that was approved by the Village Board last year, but residents said that is too long to wait because of safety concerns for pedestrians and bicyclists — especially with no sidewalks in the subdivision.

One resident said she saw a young boy fall last week when his bicycle hit a pothole. Other residents said the condition of their roads are comparable to First Avenue, which is scheduled to be repaired next year because it has significant structural and base-material issues.

Officials said First Avenue was prioritized because it is a major thoroughfare in the village and has a higher volume of traffic.

Public Works Director Amber Thomas said a road study conducted in 2019 rated the subdivision’s roads, including Prairie Run, Heritage Court and Homestead Trail as either one or two on a 10-point scale, with 10 being in optimal condition.

The study also concluded the reconstructing the roads would cost the village approximately $412,500.

Committee Chairman and Village Trustee Tom Krueger said filling potholes only alleviates issues for a year due to weather conditions, and added that residents’ safety concerns can help the village prioritize the reconstruction of the subdivision streets.

“How do we rationalize these roads before these (other) roads?” he asked.

The committee did not take any action but agreed to reconsider prioritizing the project at its April meeting, before the Village Board revisits the five-year capital improvement plan that was approved.

“We want our streets to be safe for our pedestrians and bicyclists,” Krueger said. “There is a lot that needs to be considered, but we want to work with our residents.”



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