Business district revitalization on the minds of Roanoke officials

Business district revitalization on the minds of Roanoke officials

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ROANOKE - The downtown area will likely get a facelift sometime over the summer, as major work is planned for the revitalization of streets and sidewalks north of Illinois Route 116 (Front Street).

At Monday night's meeting, Farnsworth Group engineer Joe Adams told the village board he would have a resolution ready for approval to send to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) by the Feb. 17 meeting. The resolution is needed in order to use motor fuel tax (MFT) money for the project. The project includes repaving the street with concrete, patching curbs and sidewalks as well as adding bump outs that will allow for adding landscaped flower beds.

The project will stop short of 116 as that area will be revamped when the county obtains funding for the County Highway 13 truck route construction, which includes changes to the intersection at Main and Front (Route 116).

“I think we’re going to track ahead of the (county portion of the) sidewalk project,” Adams said.

He estimated the project would use about $125,000 in MFT funds and an additional $150,000 from the village’s general fund. Construction is slated to begin some time after the July 3 celebration. 

See article on Feb. 6 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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