$1.64M McClintock Avenue construction set to begin

News-DemocratOctober 12, 2013 

— Construction on the $1.64 million McClintock Avenue improvement project will begin Monday.

McClintock will be closed to traffic between Mascoutah and Douglas avenues, which are the limits of the first phase.

The road between Douglas and Missouri avenues, the limits of the second phase, will be closed to motorists to continue utility work as needed.

Motorists can use McKinley Drive as a detour.

The project will leave McClintock slightly wider, with a new surface, curbs and sidewalks. The work is expected to be done by next summer, weather permitting.

The project will be paid for by a $1.23 million federal grant with the city's share being $410,645 from motor fuel tax funds.

Here is a roundup of other city projects in the works or recently completed as provided by the city's Engineering Department.

What projects are done?

*East B and North High streets -- Contractor Gleeson Asphalt completed a parking lot with landscaping at this site.

Downtown businesses and their customers use the lot during the day, and the parking spots are open to the public after business hours.

What projects are almost done?

*Juanita Place -- Contractor Hank's Excavating and Landscaping has completed about 80 percent of the project.

The sidewalks and curbs have been removed and repoured, and the asphalt will be done by the end of this month. Trees and lighting will be added in November.

* Lincoln and Eighth streets -- Contractor Gleeson Asphalt has completed the majority of the project to resurface the street, and build new curbs and sidewalks. Some of the work is on hold because the grass was affected by the hot weather.

What other projects are starting?

* Signal Hill Bike Trail -- Contractor Gleeson Asphalt will start construction on Monday to build a trail from Wesley Drive to Signal Hill School.

The project is scheduled to be done the end of this year, weather permitting.

City Engineer Tim Gregowicz said the city will get 100 percent reimbursement for the $325,000 project through a Safe Routes to School grant.

* West Belleville Bike Trail --Contractor Widman Construction started this past week on construction of the trail going from Citizens Park to Bellevue Park. The work should be completed by June.

The city has a $342,000 state grant that will help pay for the $770,000 project. The city is responsible for the remainder, $428,000.

What projects are coming?

* The city is working to link all the city's bike trails.

The city has received a $1.2 million enhancement grant that will connect the Signal Hill Bike Trail to the West Belleville Bike Trail but the trail has not been designed yet.

The trail would extend along Foley Drive from Frank Scott Parkway to Wesley Drive, connecting to Signal Hill School.

Gregowicz said the city also applied for a grant to build a trail to tie Bellevue Park to the Memorial Hospital Metrolink station.

*Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert has said that "long overdue" construction to overlay South First Street and to put in new sidewalks and curbs should start next summer.

Gregowicz said engineering work was done this fiscal year and construction will be paid for out of the 2014-15 budget.

The project was awarded a Capital Development Block Grant administered by St. Clair County, Gregowicz said.

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BNDBelleville.

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