By TESA GLASS email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — Work is now underway for the next phase of the downtown streetscape program.
“We are trying to work with the business owners downtown to keep them open and accessible as much as possible,” said City Engineer Brad Ruble.
The bid for the streetscape project was awarded in February to DePew and Owen of Centralia for $389,598, which was under the two other bids and well under the projected project cost of $450,000. The project is grant-funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation Enhancement Program, which will pay for up to 80 percent of the project and the city picking up 20 percent.
Scope of work includes new pavement, curb ramps, decorative unit pavers, site lighting system and other coordination work with existing utilities and infrastructure. The area in this phase of the streetscape program is on Ninth Street from Jordan Street north to Main Street.
Work has begun on the east side of Ninth Street, and once completed, will be done on the west side of the street as well.
The downtown streetscape program began in 2009. The first phase of streetscape projects began on Main Street near the United Methodist Chruch to the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Ruble said the work on Ninth Street is slated for completion by July 31.