Mt. Vernon Register-News


January 17, 2014

City sees $1 billion in investments


“In infrastructure, this year the long-awaited Veterand Memorial Drive and South Davidson extensions were opened,” Chesley said. “The completion opened up another transportation artery to alleviate traffic on Broadway, and opened acres of land for future development.”

Chesley mentioned the South 34th Street widening and resurfacing, the resurfacing of Airport Road, and the I-57/64 widening project.

“One of the biggest headaches we ever had,” Chesley joked about the Interstate project which brought the highways from four lanes to six lanes through the King City. “We should think of it as growing pains, ladies and gentlemen, and Mt. Vernon is growing.”

Chesley announced more construction work is coming on I-57/64. Bids will be let this quarter for road improvement north of Mt. Vernon at the tri-level connection bridges on the Interstates.

“Although it’s a two-year project, they do not believe there will be as serious a traffic flow interruption during this reconstruction,” Chesley said. “They don’t this it will slow traffic up a lot.”

After discussing upcoming projects and talking of parks and recreation and volunteer projects within the city, Chesley summed up her report.

“No other investment yields as great a return as the investment you make in your community,” Chesley said.

The full report is available on the city’s Internet website at

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