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home : news : news   April 16, 2014

2/14/2013 6:19:00 PM
Wenona gets Safe Routes

Craig Sterrett

WENONA — Five years ago, the city of Wenona began the process of seeking a Safe Routes to School grant to fix sidewalks and crosswalks that lead to the Fieldcrest school on the north side of town.

In late January, Illinois Department of Transportation opened bids for the project, with Anderson Concrete Co. of Coal City submitting an apparent low bid of $209,488. And, next month the city and its engineer for the project from Chamlin & Associates of Peru will attend a preconstruction meeting for the summer project, Wenona city administrator Bill Simmons said this month.

“It’s a program we put in for in 2008. It’s just taken this long to get the bidding procedure and everything done,” Simmons said. “It was worth waiting for.”

Two years ago the city upgraded Walnut Street with new pavement, curb, gutter and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant corner ramps. This summer or late spring, the contractor can work to replace the older sidewalks along about nine blocks of Walnut Street, four blocks of Pine Street and three blocks of Elm and also to add crosswalks, signage and flashing warning lights for the school zone.

Simmons said the city initially paid for a $15,000 feasibility study to be able to apply for the grant, but that is reimbursable after the awarding of the Safe Routes to School grant. He said he expects the city’s remaining cost to be about $5,000.

Normally when the city orders new sidewalks, it pays for materials and requires residential property owners to pay for labor. However, homeowners along streets included in the Safe Routes project would not be burdened with that cost, Simmons confirmed.

In other Wenona streets news, Simmons is preparing for a Build America Bonds project for a pavement overlay for Third South Street.

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