MT. VERNON — A number of capital projects have been re-prioritized by the city. Among the projects is signal lights at the intersection of 42nd Street and Veterans Memorial Drive.
“The signal warrant analysis for (the Illinois Department of Transportation) didn’t show a need for a light at this time,” said city engineer Brad Ruble. “IDOT agreed there would be a need when the high school goes out there ... And, once the interchange re-opens, it will be needed.”
Ruble said the analysis shouldn’t keep the city from putting in the signal. An intersection design study is underway and is expected to be presented to IDOT by the end of this month. The city will also be submitting a grant request to the state for help with funding, however, projects have been re-prioritized to allow for the funds, if they are needed.
The downtown Ninth Street streetscape program will also be expanded to include the south portion of Ninth Street between the alley behind the Register-News to Jordan Street and the east side of Ninth Street from Main to Harrison Street. According to City Manager Ron Neibert, adding the sections will mean the city can take advantage of the contractors already on the job and the locked-in materials cost.
The council approved postponing the North 34th Street project on Central east to North 32nd Street and the Old Union Road project from Wilshire to Illinois Highway 37; eliminated the budgeted $1 million in quality of life economic development; and reduced the housing program incentive item to $100,000 which will pay for the second phase of the marketing project.
In addition, the council approved adding sidewalks on Wilshire; on South 42nd Street from Broadway to Veterans Memorial Drive and on Richview Road from 12th Street to 24th Street. It was estimated the additional Streetscape projects would be $200,000; $500,000 was set aside for an access road from South 34th Street to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center; $225,000 was budgeted for the traffic signal lights at 42nd and Veterans Memorial Drive; and $450,000 was budgeted to bring infrastructure to the proposed site of a new YMCA of Jefferson County on Harlan Road. The infrastructure includes $50,000 for water and sewer and $400,000 for a street.