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Carterville, IL receives grant for improvements to busy street

Existing West Grand Avenue (Source: Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization) Existing West Grand Avenue (Source: Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization)
The Lion Drive to Greenbrier Road segment will be improved similar to this section of West Grand east of Lion Drive. (Source: Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization) The Lion Drive to Greenbrier Road segment will be improved similar to this section of West Grand east of Lion Drive. (Source: Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization)
CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

The City of Carterville, Illinois has announced the award of a contract for construction improvements to West Grand Avenue.

The proposed project will widen West Grand Avenue between Greenbrier Road and Lion Drive and a new curb and gutter and storm sewer will also be constructed.

The volume of traffic on West Grand Avenue exceeds 5,000 vehicles everyday and the morning commute is very congested, requiring the city to provide traffic officers at the Grand Avenue and Greenbrier Road intersection to move traffic effectively. The wider pavement and turning radius provided by the project will move traffic through the corridor in a safer and more efficient manner. 

“This project is a major safety and traffic improvement for Carterville residents," Carterville Mayor Brad Robinson said. "It provides a safe path for students walking to and from the elementary and high school, eliminates the open ditches along the edge of the road, and creates a safer environment for pedestrians and vehicular traffic.”

The low bidder on the project is Sierra Bravo Contractors, LLC with a bid of $867,679.27. The majority of the funding for the project will come from Federal sources with $775,000 coming from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The remainder of the project cost will be funded by the City of Carterville.

The project has been in the planning stages for a number of years and was selected for funding by the Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization (SIMPO) policy committee on January 13, 2014. As a result of the 2010 census, the communities along the Illinois Route 13 corridor between Marion and Carbondale meet the population criteria (50,000 or greater) to be recognized as an urbanized area.

For more information about the project or SIMPO, you can contact Joe Zdankiewicz at (618)-997-9351 or through email at joezdankiewicz@greateregypt.org. You can also click here for more information.

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