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Prospect Street construction in Marengo concludes

MARENGO – Both traffic lanes are open along a newly-widened Prospect Street, as construction crews this week put the finishing touches on the $3 million road project in Marengo.

The construction project, which started earlier this spring, widened the local roadway, created new sidewalks and added turn lanes at the Route 20 and 176 intersections.

A traffic light at Route 20 and Prospect Street was also installed and should be turned on by Aug. 11, said Assistant City Administrator Josh Blakemore.

"Everything is back flowing as normal," he said. "Both lanes are now opened on Prospect."

During the project, construction crews from Wauconda-based Berger Excavating Contractors reduced Prospect Street to a one-way road for northbound traffic while detouring southbound traffic.

Marengo officials planned the widening project for more than a year. They borrowed $1.5 million to cover the city's portion of the roadwork and secured another $1.5 million in federal grants.

The city should pay off its portion within a year, Blakemore said.

Two separate bike paths along Prospect Street at the Route 176 intersection and near Marengo High School were also left disconnected during construction. City officials will start the planning work this year to eventually connect the two paths, Blakemore said.

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