What street projects are set for Quincy?

Construction continues at 18th and Sycamore as new water and sewer mains are installed as part of a two-phase project to reconstruct North 18th between Chestnut and Maple. The second phase of the project is expected to be completed this summer. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 12, 2019 10:20 pm Updated: Apr. 12, 2019 10:56 pm

A number of readers have inquired about what type of roadwork will be completed in Quincy this construction season. With the release of the city's proposed budget earlier this month, projects slated for this year were included.

In a presentation to the Quincy City Council on Monday, Director of Utilities and Engineering Jeffrey Conte provided a review of the plans for $7 million of street, water and sewer main projects included in the city's budget

Street projects include resurfacing Highland Lane, from 12th to 18th streets; the second phase of replacing North 18th from Chestnut to Maple; resurfacing College Avenue from North College to 36th Street; resurfacing portions of Kentucky Road and Kentucky Road East; and Garden Court, Elmwood Drive and Hampshire Street from 12th to 14th streets.

Also noted in the city's budget is resurfacing Sycamore between Fourth and Fifth; resurfacing 39th Street, from Columbus Road to Marian Drive; resurfacing Christopher Court; resurfacing Fox Run East; resurfacing Brookmeade Drive; Vermont between Fifth and Seventh; and South 13th between Payson Avenue and Ohio.

Conte told aldermen that some of the projects could rollover to next spring, as some involve water or sewer main replacement.

The city also typically moves forward with an annual asphalt maintenance program.

Has a Cracker Barrel restaurant ever been considered to open in Quincy?

Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development for the city of Quincy, said he has neither heard nor has he worked with Cracker Barrel in opening a restaurant in the city.

The closest Cracker Barrel locations are Columbia, Mo., O'Fallon, Mo., St. Charles, Mo., and Springfield, Ill.

Last week we answered a question on where Sears had a store downtown, as well as a couple of other department stores. One of our readers pointed out another location Sears had downtown.

Sears operated a farm store, service facilities and warehouse at 122 S. Fifth.

A March 2, 1961, article in The Herald-Whig said the store opened in 1939 as part of a remodeling of the main store at 509 Maine, which opened in 1928.

Sears closed the facility at 122 N. Fifth when it opened its new store in the Town and Country Shopping Center in 1962. It later became part of the Quincy Mall in 1978. The Sears store closed in August 2018.

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