PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- After some initial confusion, the Pittsfield City Council has jumped on board with an Illinois Department of Transportation program that will improve a large swath of the city's main street.
The City Council initially rejected the program, which would redo and update Washington Street from Jackson Street to Grove Street. After examining the agreement again, the council voted Tuesday night to send a letter of intent to work with IDOT on the project.
The work will improve the street surface and upgrade the four stoplights and parking lanes along that stretch of Washington.
"It's a major plus for us," Mayor John Hayden said, "and our downtown will get its handicap corners done."
The city will contribute $139,000 to the project. Hayden said work should begin in 2019 or 2020, depending on when the contract is awarded.
The council also voted Tuesday night to reinvest some of the $216,000 it has grossed through logging work at Lake Pittsfield in a new handicapped-accessible fishing dock at Lake Pittsfield's Catfish Point. The council approved installing the dock for $28,000.
"We want to put the money back into the lake," Hayden said. "We need more handicapped-accessible fishing docks. We have one now that is used pretty heavily."
He said the dock project is expected to be completed before Memorial Day.