The city of Pekin has taken a new approach to its road projects by posting signs letting people know where projects will take place and where tax dollars will be spent.
"We're working with the city manager in trying to bring more attention to locations and promotion of what we're doing," said Pekin City Engineer Mike Guerra. "This way residents know something is coming — it's not one day the road is open and the next day there are orange barrels everywhere.
"This is the first year we've put up those signs in the areas where maintenance work will be performed. The signs were put up at the end of April when the (Pekin City) Council approved the contracts."
City staff sought Council and public input on the streets that need work the most and the list of this year's projects came from data gathered in November 2017.
Pekin has several projects scheduled for the next few months. It is awaiting the final OK from the Illinois Department of Transportation to start its annual road project. IDOT approval is needed for all projects in which Motor Fuel Tax funds will be used.
The biggest project of the road construction season in Pekin will be the mill and overlay of Sheridan Road from Eighth Street to North14th Street, said Guerra. Two inches of surface will be removed.
"We'll be milling off the surface and putting 2 inches of new surface on and doing some catch basin repair," said Guerra. "We're also going to add a section of sidewalk from 13th Street to 14th Street so that we have a continuous sidewalk along the north side of the roadway.
"That's the only block on the north side that does not have a sidewalk. It appears to me that at the time of the construction of the homes it was not required to put sidewalks in. That's our code requirement now."
The R.A. Cullinan & Son won the bid for the project. The bid was $596,515. Guerra said there will be lane closures with flaggers to help move traffic through during construction. Construction should start by the end of July and completed in 60 days, depending on weather.
The second set of projects will be the chip and seal of several streets.
South Fifth Street from Koch Street to VFW Road, the section of Audubon Drive within the city limits, Brentwood Manor Subdivision and Rosebud Drive will be chip and sealed. Rosebud Drive is a Pekin Park District street. The park district and city used combined bidding for chip and seal because it would save money.
All of the chip and seal projects together cost $184,572. The park district will pay its share of $10,020 for the work on Rosebud bringing the city projects to $174,572. R.A. Cullinan won that bid.
The last project will be crack filling on Parkway Drive from Willow Street to Broadway Road; many of the downtown streets and the intersection of Broadway and 14th Street. Those projects will cost $76,260. Complete Asphalt Services won that bid.
City crews are also doing in house work this summer. The potholes that were filled during the winter have eroded away on the edge. There, crews will cut out the pothole and put permanent patches on them.