Local Government

New road project planned for Quincy's north side

An abandoned car sits in flooded waters on Seminary Road looking east on June 30, 2020. A portion of Seminary Road was closed due to flooding between 12th and 16th.
H-W File Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 5, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY — Another street resurfacing project is moving forward thanks in part to a unanimous decision by the Quincy City Council on Monday to spend $850,000 on work on the north side.

The project focuses on a portion of North 16th Street from Locust Street to Seminary Road, Wells Avenue from North 16th to North 17th streets, and Center Avenue from North 16th to North 17th streets.

"It has been on the city's radar for some time," said Jeffrey Conte, director of utilities and engineering. "It is a mixture of commercial and residentially zoned properties, so we have been well aware of it. It just stayed in the queue for several years, and now it is time to get it out of the queue and to get the project completed."

The first phase of the project, likely to get underway this fall, will have crews installing a stormwater system and water mains. The second phase, which slated to be under construction in 2021, will begin with installing curbs and guttering and resurfacing the streets with asphalt.

The project will go out for bid within the month, Conte said.

"Once we get the concurrence from the Illinois Department of Transportation, then it will go out for bid," he said.

Conte said when the neighborhood was developed in the 1960s and 1970s, developers did not include curbs and gutters. The lack of them has caused water to pool on the street, leading to faster pavement deterioration.

"The drainage there is very poor, especially when you consider that there is a ditch from the southeast that carries a tremendous amount of water to the area that then has nowhere to go," Conte said.

Funding for most of the project comes from the motor fuel tax, while the portions related to sewer and water mains will be paid for by the city's sewer and water funds.

News of the project was well-received by residents in the area, including Courtney Crawford, who spoke to The Herald-Whig's news-gathering partner, WGEM.

"When it rains good, you can't see the road, and all of this is backed up for at least a day," Crawford said.

"It would be really exciting if it got done, and it would make it look a whole lot nicer too," she added.