By Charlie Feldman
Old Troy Road opened to through traf c on Wednesday, June 10.
The contractor is still in the area finishing up work in the right-of-way and related construction signage will remain until work has been completed.
“The Village truly appreciates all of the local residents patience and understanding throughout the project,” a post on Glen Car- bon’s website and Facebook page read on Friday, June 5.
“We encourage all motorists to drive safely and observe all signage including the permanent four-way stop sign at the intersection of Old Troy Road and Bouse Road,” the post said.
This has been a long time coming. Old Troy Road was closed to traffic from Bouse Road to Illinois Route 162 in Glen Carbon on February 17 for construction on the last piece of the project, which was done in segments. The first, Phase I, a section between Mont Road and Glen Crossing, was originally scheduled for completion by August 2, 2018, then December 31, then in March 2019 due to winter weather and lack of asphalt, then as soon as the week of April 18 or, at the very latest, by June 2019. It eventually opened (in April) and work could continue but the project was held up by more bad weather and a wait of more than half a year for one company to sign an easement document and relocate from a utility pole that had to be removed.
All in all, the project has in- spired public meetings, changes in plans, social media posts of extreme frustration and possibly some language from drivers that younger readers should not prob- ably see. But the end is near.
Those with questions may contact Brian Kulick, P.E., Juneau Associates at 659-0900, Jennifer Doody, P.E., public works director at 288-2606 or Jamie Bowden, village administrator at 288-2614.