By TESA GLASS
MT. VERNON — —
City crews are finishing up roadwork for the season, and additional projects are in the works.
According to information provided by City Projects Manager Nathan McKenna and City Engineer Brad Ruble, more than 10 transportation projects are in the design phases at this time.
Among the projects is the initiative to get traffic signals at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Drive and South 42nd Street. According to Ruble, there are several steps required by the Illinois Department of Transportation before a signal can be placed at the intersection. The first step, an Intersection Traffic Study, has been completed and IDOT did not find any problems with the information. At this time, an intersection design is being prepared and expected to be completed and approved by IDOT by the end of the year, Ruble reported.
Additional transportation projects include:
Rreconstruction of 42nd Street from Victoria to Richview, with right-of-way documents submitted and design at 80 percent complete and continuing coordination with the railroad;
South 27 Street from Jamison to Veterans Memorial Drive, with an engineering contract awaiting award and negotiations for a major right-of-way parcel underway;
North 27th Street and Old Union Road from Richview to Illinois Highway 37, survey completed and design estimated to be 20 percent complete;
Perkins Avenue alignment from 12th Street to 10th Street, IDOT is requiring a full Phase environmental study before land aquisition;
South 34th Street from Veterans Memorial Drive to Harlan Road, final touches are being completed on the design plans, right-of-way negotiations are expected to start in the fall for a winter bid opening on the construction of the project;
Airport Road, plans are complete and project will have a bid opening on Sept. 19;
North 34th Street and Central from Broadway to North 32nd Street, design is 20 percent complete and surveys are complete, right-of-way issues are being discussed before starting engineering layout and water line issues are being determined.