DIXON – New road closures in Dixon this week will be for the Petunia Festival, not a result of the downtown streetscape project.
Peoria Avenue, from First Street to Third Street will remain closed. So will First Street, between Hennepin and Galena avenues; Ottawa Avenue, from First Street to Second Street; and the south side of First Street, from Galena to Crawford avenues.
Progress farther west on First Street, according to information from the engineering companies, will wait until after the Petunia Festival, which runs Wednesday through Sunday.
Construction on Peoria Avenue includes sidewalks, landscape areas, preparation for road paving, curb and gutter work, installation of underground electrical connections, and construction of light pole bases.
Starting today, River Street, from Peoria Avenue to Galena Avenue, will be closed for Petunia Festival setup. Beginning Tuesday, Hennepin Avenue will be closed from First Street to River Street.
In April, the Dixon City Council awarded a contract for the streetscape work to Fischer Excavating Inc., of Freeport, for nearly $5.8 million, a portion of which will be paid for by KSB Hospital for work to a parking lot off Ottawa Avenue.
The city also contracted Wendler Engineering Services Inc. and Willett, Hofmann & Associates, for a combined $321,000, to do engineering work and planning for the project, bringing the total streetscape cost to about $6.1 million.