A job well done! After approximately 5 years of construction mess, it appears that Illinois Route 159 (South Morrison Avenue and Vandalia Avenue) through Collinsville has finally been completed.
The kink on Main to Vandalia is gone, the narrow roadway was replaced by wide pavement, left turn lanes, new traffic signals, sidewalks and curbs just to mention a few.
The construction period was a headache to many residents and drivers that used that route. Having experienced the rebuilding of my street in the early 1990s, I know what an inconvenience it is, but in time memories of that inconvenience will fade away — all will reap the benefits of a nice street.
My compliments to the city of Collinsville, IDOT, the contractors, utilities, employees working on the project and their unions for a nice thoroughfare through the city.
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Joseph E. Obernuefemann, Collinsville