Construction update

Construction continues for a streetscape project on West Washington Street in Monticello.

Here is an update on road projects in and around Piatt County.

ILLINOIS 105 BETWEEN MONTICELLO AND BEMENT – Work to perform maintenance on the highway started about a week later than the Aug. 1 projections, and should be complete by mid-September. The work will require intermittent lane closures. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered.

ILLINOIS 48 SOUTH OF WELDON – Repairs to a bridge over an unnamed creek about four miles south of Weldon began on Aug. 12. The work will require lane closures and width restrictions. Work is expected to be complete by the end of October. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered.

WEST WASHINGTON STREET, MONTICELLO – Streetscape work and installation of a pedestrian activated crosswalk across Market Street has begun, resulting in lane reductions on Washington Street between Charter and Market Streets. City of Monticello officials hope a majority of the work will be completed Monticellobration, a downtown celebration scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21.

Monticello City Administrator Terry Summers said there have been some delays due to working around unknown and abandoned steel gas mains, but that “these have been fairly minimal.

The only construction related item that could cause issues will be the decorative railing, and only time will tell if all of it will be manufactured and installed on site. Temporary railings would be installed if needed,” said Summers.

UNITY TOWNSHIP BRIDGE – Located at 290 North, 1350 East Road in Piatt County, bridge replacement will begin in September and take about two months to complete. The road will be closed during construction, so use alternate routes. The bridge is located approximately three months west of Atwood.

BRIDGE/CENTER STREET, MARION STREET RESURFACING – The major resurfacing on two of Monticello’s main thoroughfares began Monday (Aug. 12). Expect delays on those roads until at least early November.

DELAND CURVE PROJECT COMPLETED – Piatt County’s $700,000 project to make the Goose Creek Curve on the Monticello-DeLand Road safer was completed around Aug. 1. Paved safety shoulders were added to about 2.25 miles of the road, and the curve near Goose Creek was “super elevated,” so that cars can stay on the road better.

Other than the weather delays the project went as expected and accomplished the goals desired,” said Piatt County Transportation Engineer Eric Seibring.