DANVILLE — Aldermen at Tuesday night’s Public Works Committee meeting discussed two projects affecting traffic in the city – Carle at the Riverfront and Bresee Tower.
The city reduced the lane closures south of Bresee Tower on Main Street and plan to remove the pedestrian cover above the sidewalk.
Nothing has changed with the building to improve safety of falling debris.
However, Danville Public Works Director Carl Carpenter said they’d gotten a state permit for the lane closure and there’s no reason to keep the other lane closed.
Removing the pedestrian scaffolding will mean if any debris continues to fall it won’t bounce off that and go further in the street, Carpenter said.
“It would be best to remove …,” he said about the Curtis G. Redden Square sidewalk overhead covering, adding that the debris still would fall within the fenced area.
Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said the Illinois Department of Transportation has approved the city’s plans.
Ward 3 Alderwoman Sherry Pickering asked about bills for about $3,500 for sand and Crashgard barrels the city was incurring.
Carpenter said the city will include those costs into the legal case on the building.
A decision on Bresee Tower’s future still hasn’t been determined.
Williams also talked about demolition work starting for the Carle at the Riverfront project.
He said he went by the area Tuesday afternoon and about one block of vacant structures had already been taken down.
The demolition contractor hired by Carle is S. Shafer Excavating and Demolition of Pontoon Beach, Ill., near St. Louis, Mo.
Tree debris is being hauled to the city’s yard waste site. Carpenter said the city cut the price per yard down for tree debris to be hauled here. He said the demolition company didn’t know about the city’s yard waste site.
Carpenter also said hauling of the other debris is between Shafer, Carle and the landfill.
Fencing is up around the Logan Avenue to Robinson Street area. The fencing south of North Street off Logan Avenue is the area where Carle’s ambulance service will be located, city officials said.
Logan and Robinson will remain open until Carle meets required steps the city put in place through the ordinance to vacate the streets.
Carle officials anticipate the demolitions to take a few months.