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Prospect Street construction delayed in Marengo

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 4:19 p.m. CST • Updated: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 11:41 a.m. CST

MARENGO – The much-anticipated widening of Prospect Street has been delayed until the spring because of conflicts with utility lines along the street, Marengo officials announced Thursday.

Certain utility lines along Prospect Street weren’t moved in time to allow the installation of drainage necessary to widen the street, according to a Marengo news release. Construction was supposed to begin Sept. 16.

The utility conflict was resolved after multiple meetings between the project contractor and utility companies, but the timing of the resolution would have left Prospect Street as a one-lane road for the entire winter.

The city found that unacceptable, the release states. The $2.88 million project consequently was delayed until the spring. The Illinois Department of Transportation is managing the project.

The city apologized for the inconvenience and confusion this delay may have caused residents. All residents will be updated about the start of construction when the spring approaches.

– Stephen Di Benedetto

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