Cities across the Tri-States are gearing up for the annual summer street construction project season and the City of Quincy expects to spend between $3.5 and $4 million dollars on their list of projects worth of projects.
The sounds of jack hammering can be heard at the intersection of 23rd and Aldo Boulevard and that's just one of many projects that are either already underway or will soon be underway in the next few weeks.
Jeff Steinkamp is the city engineer for Quincy and he said it's an average year for the number of projects the city is taking on. He said despite the financial mess in Springfield, the city isn't feeling that pinch just yet. "The M-F-T money, we'll do some asphalt and crack seal and maybe some chip seal projects. Those are really no affected too much. A little bit by gas prices but we've got enough carryover from year to year to cover us. So we're in pretty good shape," Steinkamp said.
Two of the major major projects drivers will encounter are Safe Routes To School Projects.
The first one is on Maine Street from 30th to 36th. That project calls for a new sidewalk to be installed on the north side of Maine Street and it also will see the reconstruction of the intersection at 33rd and Maine.
The second Safe Route to School Project will be along Columbus Road near St. Dominic School. Steinkamp said will include new curbs and gutters as well as sidewalks and the widening of pavement. That along with other major projects are on the board for this summer.
The city is also planning a major project for streetscape around the Kroc Center and the Adams County Health Department. That project will include new curbs, gutters, driveways, sidewalks, historic lighting and landscaping.
"We've got some neighborhood projects, Aldo Boulevard and South Park Terrace we're working on. Those are basically capital funds or ward funds that are saved up by the different wards. So we really look at funding and see what's there. We have a five year list and a ten year list that we look at and we try to knock those off as we can," Steinkamp said.
He also wants to remind people about construction zones. He said people tend to slow down for highway construction zones, but he'd like to see people slow down when they come across a work zone in the city as well.