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Construction starts on Prospect Street in Marengo

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:41 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:13 p.m. CST

MARENGO – Prospect Street will be reduced to a one-way road until early fall after construction began this week on a $2.88 million project that adds traffic signals and sidewalks along the local Marengo street.

Assistant City Administrator Josh Blakemore said crews from Berger Excavating Contractors in Wauconda started the project on Monday without any issues.

State and local officials delayed construction last fall because of an issue with utility lines that has since been resolved.

“I’m glad to get this project started,” Blakemore said. “Once the project is complete, it will be a lot safer for pedestrian traffic to and from the schools.”

The work, scheduled for an early fall completion, will widen Prospect Street and add turn lanes near the Route 20 and Route 176 intersections.

A traffic signal also will be added at Prospect and Route 20, along with new sidewalks to accommodate students walking from nearby Marengo middle and high schools.

City staffers met with school officials last week to review the temporary traffic changes and altered bus routes during the construction. Prospect Street will be reduced to northbound-only traffic, while southbound traffic will be detoured, Blakemore said.

Marengo officials have been planning this project for more than a year. They took out nearly $1.5 million in bonds to cover the city’s portion of the project and also secured $1.5 million in federal money.

The Illinois Department of Transportation, though, is overseeing the project since it includes work along two state highways.

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