MT. VERNON — Design work for road improvements at the site of the new Mt. Vernon Township High School are underway.
Monday, the council approved an agreement with Rhutasel and Associates for design engineering for Ambassador Road improvements. The new high school is expected to be constructed at the corner of Wells Bypass and Ambassador Road.
The city has been waiting for the high school to finalize some of its plans before moving forward with the roadway improvements — which it had promised would be done during the construction phase of the new high school.
“The project consists of the improvement of Ambassador Road to a new PCC three-lane roadway from Wells Bypass to approximately 1,800 linear feet west along the proposed new high school frontage and teh addition of right and left turn lanes on Wells Bypass at Ambassador Road,” the agreement states.
Councilman Todd Piper questioned if Ambassador Road would be closed when work begins on the new high school, stating the road is in poor condition at this time. According to City Manager Ron Neibert, once the construction phase begins, there is a consideration of closing the road to get the work done quickly.
“There are three or four homes on Ambassador, and their traffic can be re-directed to Sparrow and Illinois Route 15,” Neibert said, adding that “realistically, we’re looking at that coming up next summer.”
Design also includes a study to determine if a traffic signal will be warranted at the intersection. The design contract is for an amount not to exceed $51,600.
In other business, the council:
n Approved a quote of $534.64 from GFI for four copies leases;
n Approved a request to seek bids for event tents for the Tourism Department;
n Approved a request to seek bids to update the Municipal Building West sign with a new logo, graphics and electronic message center;