The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 9, 2013

Group to consider street work

BY KIM LUTTRELL
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Members of the city council’s Public Works Committee face a full agenda at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Items for consideration by the committee will include a resolution allocating the city’s share of the cost for the proposed improvements to Maple, Pries and parts of May streets. The committee will consider approving $450,000 in motor fuel tax money as part of the city’s 50 percent required share of the project.

The city is using an Illinois Economic Development grant to cover the other half of the project cost.

Additional funds were included in the project cost to allow the city to also make improvements to Pries Street. While Pries Street was not included in the original plan, it was added in order to make use of construction crews and material already in the vicinity.

The project is a result of additional truck traffic at the Watchfire and Automation International facilities.

The committee also will consider a resolution setting aside $260,000 in motor fuel tax funds as the city’s share of the proposed shared use path along Fairchild and Jackson streets to connect the Fairchild overpass and Lincoln Park shared use paths.

The city has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement funds to go towards the proposed shared use path.

Committee members also will be asked to approve a contract with Knight and Associates Surveying LLC of Paris to perform surveying work for the proposed Danville High School shared use path. The amount of the contract is $10,519.

The committee also will consider a contract with Donald Archer of Oakwood to act as a professional land acquisition specialist for the purpose of acquiring right-of-way and easements for the Bowman Avenue project. The city plans to continue improvements on Bowman Avenue with the next phase of the project focusing on the section from Crestview to Winter Avenue. The contract with Archer is for $15,000.

In other committee action, members will:

The city also has several spare parts for the bus. Those will be offered to be sold with the bus or to other Illinois transit providers.