The businesses along Collinsville Road will get a wider, improved road courtesy of the state, after project requirements were approved Monday.
The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to widen Collinsville Road from four lanes to five in order to accommodate a bi-directional turn lane. The road also will get 8-foot asphalt shoulders, reconstruction of entrances and drainage work.
The $1.5 million project is being funded entirely by the state and will encompass Collinsville Road from Illinois 157 at Collinsville Middle School to Arnold Street, just east of Interstate 255.
Among other improvements, the project will grade and shape ditches, replace siding, remove the existing truck scale, replace some sidewalks and construct a graded shelf to accommodate future sidewalks.
The City Council approved a letter of understanding with the state and plans for the project; prohibiting parking along Collinsville Road; prohibiting discharge of sewage and wastewater near the project; and regulating the public right-of-way along the road.
All are standard ordinances with a state-funded project, according to street director Rod Cheatham, who said the project would probably take place next year.
"I wouldn't look for this until spring," he said. "It hasn't gone out to bid yet, and they're not going to throw it out there... and then run out of working days."
In other news, the council approved a contract to Hank's Excavating for $230,818 for construction of the new parking lot across the street from City Hall. Uptown coordinator Leah Joyce said the city will have time-lapse photography of the former post office's demolition as the project continues.
The council also honored Major Tom Coppotelli on his recent graduation from the FBI Academy after 10 weeks of specialized training. Only about 1 percent of law enforcement is invited to train at the academy, according to Councilwoman Nancy Moss.