OREGON – No work will be done this year on the city’s downtown project.
City Street Superintendent Mike Bowers said the Illinois Department of Transportation has delayed work to allow time for environmental studies. Bids for the project most likely will be let in January or spring 2015, Bowers said.
The state in January 2013 awarded Oregon $525,760 from an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant. It was part of $50 million announced for 54 projects statewide.
The Oregon project is expected to cost $657,202 for new street lights, sidewalks, curbs and gutters for the downtown historic commercial district.
The project will include 19 new street lights and poles along both sides of state Route 2 from Jefferson Street to Franklin Street, and new curbs and gutters and sidewalk on the east side of Route 2 in the 100 block south of state Route 64 and on both sides north of Route 64.
City officials began updating those elements of the business district in 2002 in conjunction with IDOT projects along Route 64 (Washington Street).
Since then, the city has done smaller projects as financing allowed, completing Route 64 lighting and most of the curbs and gutter sand sidewalks from Second Street to Sixth Street.
“This is disappointing, since we were ready to get started on this project this year,” Bowers said, “but we will keep the business owners and residents informed of our progress and the start date for construction, as soon as we can determine when it will be.”