Carterville to begin road project on West Grand Avenue - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Carterville to begin road project on West Grand Avenue

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

The City of Carterville, Illinois will begin a year long construction project on a busy city road.

Workers will widen West Grand Avenue from Dent Street to Lions Drive and add sewers, gutters and sidewalks.

Currently there are few sidewalks between the city's downtown area and the high school.

Carterville Mayor Brad Robinson said the project will make it safer for everyone traveling in that area.

It will cost more nearly $2 million with about half those funds coming from federal grants.

Robinson said the city has been saving up for this project for years and will continue with the project even though the state is withholding motor fuel tax funds because of the budget impasse.

A Carterville resident and mother of two, Maria Jessup, said the project has been long needed.

"I have two boys in the high school, one is driving and one is learning to drive," Jessup said. "So that walking back and forth to school is a real concern."

The city receives roughly $13,000 per month from the motor fuel tax fund, Robinson said. The state hasn't paid the city since July.

“We’re doing Ok," Robinson said. "But I’d prefer it the stay pays us what they us.”

Robinson said the city is holding its own despite funds being withheld. However, his big worry is if the state never pays out.

“My biggest fear is whatever’s been withheld... They’re not going to keep," Robinson said.

The West Grand project will be worked on in two phases. From this week until June 2016 work will take place from Dent to Green Briar. Then from July until November 2016 work will take place from Green Briar to Lions Drive.

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