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A company has started clearing storm debris from trails at Starved Rock State Park under a state contract for $428,606.
No trails were reopened as of this morning but as trail and recreational areas are cleared and inspected, they will be opened to visitors, according to a news release from the park.
Brandt Construction Co., Milan was hired to cut and remove trees, branches and debris, grind stumps and remove hanging limbs and broken tree tops caused by a severe storm on June 30.
Brandt began working on a trail Friday and will resume this week. Work will begin next week at the Riverside area leading to the boat ramp. The work went out for bid on July 30 and the state received three bids.
The contract was awarded under an emergency procurement because the damage posed “danger to public health and safety” and the work is needed to “minimize serious disruption to critical state services that affect health, safety, or collection of substantial state revenues” and to “protect against further damage to state property,” according to a state procurement notice.
On June 30 a storm with winds up to 80 mph downed many trees and damaged trails, closing most of the popular park’s 13 miles of footpaths. Illinois Department of Natural Resources workers cleaned up and repaired some trails but extensive and hazardous damage remained throughout much of the park, according to the state.