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February 16, 2014

East Main Street study up for vote

DANVILLE — City council members will consider approving a funding agreement Tuesday night with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the East Main Street corridor study.

The agreement is necessary, according to city officials, to access $64,000 in federal funds for the project.

Danville Area Transportation Study officials approved an East Main Street land-use corridor study last year. Aldermen in October approved a professional services agreement with consultant Lakota Group of Chicago for $69,751 for the study.

DATS Director Jaclyn Marganski said late last year the funding for the East Main Corridor Study was pulled by the Federal Highway Administration. DATS was working with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the FHWA to restructure a study to meet all needs and funding requirements.

The study is to identify issues and opportunities along the East Main Street corridor within the city and include an analysis of land use and redevelopment alternatives. The study will look at urban design, land use and zoning, traffic and circulation, housing and economic development opportunities.

The study area is along and adjacent to East Main Street from the intersection of East Main and the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks on the west to the intersection of East Main and Kansas Avenue on the east, representing a corridor about 2.6 miles in length.

The final phase of the East Main Street reconstruction project, from National Street just west of the Veteran Affairs Illiana Health Care System’s entrance east to Lick Creek is expected to be finished by the summer.

Also at Tuesday’s city council meeting, aldermen will consider approving additional engineering services for the H&L Landfill.

The city entered into a $25,000 agreement with CB&I Environmental and Infrastructure/Shaw Environmental for an engineering study and analysis of the landfill to determine if modifying the consent decree between the city and Illinois EPA is warranted.

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