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'Unmatched' Cooperation Brought Together for Red Gate Bridge

St. Charles and other local officials tout the benefits of the bridge project at the Thursday morning groundbreaking.

They say it takes a village to raise a family. For St. Charles, a combination of government resources at all levels in Illinois will come together to build the .

Officials gathered Thursday morning for the groundbreaking ceremony at the intersection of Route 31 and Red Gate Road for the $30 million project.

Mayor Don DeWitte reminded those in attendance of the “unmatched” scope of agencies brought together the long-talked-about project—state and county transportation departments, local municipalities and federal agencies.

“You start to get a picture of just how many people it takes to build a bridge,” DeWitte said.

For Kane County Board Chairwoman , who said it felt like “déjà vu” after cutting the ribbon in December for located just to the north of Red Gate's proposed site, the bridge project's lasting benefit for the community stands out.

"Together, we have a made an investment in our communities that will last beyond our lifetimes,” McConnaughay said.

Including other members of Kane County government and other , the groundbreaking also drew state Sen. , Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke—who was thanked for help in securing $2 million in funding for the Red Gate Bridge

DeWitte also identified the benefits that proponents of Red Gate Bridge say will bring.

Fire departments and police will have another access across the river, thereby assisting public safety, DeWitte said. Transporting children from home to school across the river will be more easy.

The new bridge will alleviate congestion in downtown St. Charles and, by 2030, it will have 15,000 cars crossing a day, officials say.

If nothing else, this project will show that responsible building is possible, local governments can invest in infrastructure and that people can be put back to work, DeWitte said.

“If the private sector is unable to do it, then the public sector must,” he said.

Bad Idea September 01, 2011 at 03:25 AM
Nolan, that was not Dim Witte, after all he did take classes at ECC.
Roxanne Bell September 01, 2011 at 03:56 AM
Everytime I get an update there is nothing more than " A comment was removed because it violated our Terms of Use by using inappropriate language." Why send me updates if you are just sending me the same old material??????
Nick Swedberg September 01, 2011 at 12:43 PM
@Bad Idea—If you're interested, this story ran the day after the bridge groundbreaking: http://stcharles-il.patch.com/articles/group-not-the-right-time-for-red-gate-bridge ... I'm interested in hearing all perspectives and will report any all facets of a story. If you would like to talk about specific bridge concerns, I'm available at nicks@patch.com. Happy to hear what you have to say!
Nick Swedberg September 01, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Could Bad Idea or anyone else who might have info about the alleged incident involving the Davis second-grader please reach out to me. nicks@patch.com or 630-666-8863. Readers like you can be a wealth of information when you contact me about potential stories.
Nick Swedberg September 01, 2011 at 12:50 PM
@Roxanne—Yes! Doesn't it get kind of annoying? Our system works automatically so there's not much I can do about it immediately. However, I'll type up a suggestion to our department about setting up a more discriminating method for comment updates. Good idea! (BTW, I realize you're about to get more updates from me this morning after all the comments I left on this story. Apologies. :-)

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