MONTICELLO, Ill. (WCIA) — Pam Ashcraft has worked as a florist downtown for years. She says recent weather wasn’t just rough on some of the plants.
“I think the winter has been terribly hard on our streets,” said Ashcraft.
Now the city is putting in money to improve the area.
“Bridge and Marion streets here in town are going to be resurfaced and new hot mix aspalt, and we’ll also do some repairs to the concrete curb and gutters and new ADA compliant sidewalk ramps,” said Brett Baker with the city.
They’re also putting in a pedestrain crossing near Washington and Market streets.
“It will include streetscaping along some of the businesses that haven’t had it done yet,” said Baker.
It includes beacons so people can more easily cross the road. These projects will cost about $1.5 million; most coming from motor fuel taxes.
Bids have to be put out before construction starts. They’re hoping to start that process in the next couple of months. City leaders say there are about a dozen other smaller projects also in the works.