Starting Thursday, July 31, 2014, weather permitting, Duce Construction is anticipating the start of construction activities related to new sidewalk and pedestrian crossing improvements as part of a federally funded Safe Routes to School Project.
The project includes improvements to the school crossing of Neil Street at Eureka, consisting of a new crossing sidewalk ramps on the south leg of the intersection, a pedestrian refuge median and new school zone signage on Neil Street in advance of the crossing.
The project will also construct new sidewalk along Eureka Street between Neil Street and Walnut Street and along the west side of Neil Street between Edgebrook Drive and Kenyon Road.
The $183,758 project is funded through a Federal Safe Routes to School grant the City received in 2012. The project was bid by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in June with the contract awarded by IDOT last week.
The low bid was above the original funding amount of the City’s grant. However, staff inquired about additional funding and IDOT staff was able to secure additional SRTS funding for the project. An amendment to the original agreement between the City and IDOT, adding the additional SRTS funding, will be scheduled for Council consideration later this fall.