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Quincy residents relieved to see money set aside for roadwork

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 8:00 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Local residents say they’re relieved now that the Quincy City Council has set aside almost $1 million to deal with what they call one of the worst streets in the city.

Monday night, council members approved a $931,437 bid from Rees Construction for the Monroe Street/South 17th Street reconstruction project.

Senior project engineer Steve Bange said the goal is a complete reconstruction of the roads and more.

“We are basically going to reconstruct that street, Monroe Street from 16th to 18th,” he said. “It will be all new asphalt pavement, curb and gutters, some sidewalk work, some storm sewers and things like that and just bring it up to current standards.”

Local resident Sara Malloy said she’s glad to hear something is finally getting done.

She said in the three years she has lived on Monroe Street, the road has been less than ideal.

“You went really slow because if you didn’t, it would tear up the underneath of your car and if you’re walking, if you’re not watching where you’re walking, you’re going to hurt something; throw a knee out, ankle, back,” she said.

While the city recently filled in some of the worst potholes, Malloy said the street needs a permanent fix, not just patches.

“They put down the rock salt and it’s all gone again and then you have to wait until it gets warmer before they can fill in the holes again,” she said. “It’s like fill in the holes, go through the season, fill in the holes.”

Bange said street is oil and chip, a rock road with thin layers of oil and rock poured over the top.

He said there’s still a few roads like it around the city, and they can be problematic.

“When they start failing, they fail pretty quick and you get large potholes and stuff like that and it’s hard to go back and patch those pothole in those streets because it doesn’t stay at all,” Bange said.

He said he anticipates the contract to start in the spring. He said work should take around four months to complete.

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