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County offers support for road projects

By Randy Pierce

Madison County will be contributing $77,959 from its matching tax fund toward a road project in Collinsville on Summit Avenue from Alco Drive about 320 feet south to Donner Drive.

A resolution authorizing this expense was approved by the county board at its most recent meeting as recommended by its transportation committee which includes as its members Paul Nicolussi of Collinsville, Jason Palmero of Glen Carbon and Bobby Ross of St. Jacob along with the late Bill Meyer of Hamel, who passed away last week, and five others.

The project will consist of pavement reconstruction, new sidewalks that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, bicycle paths and other improvements. A portion of the project cost is being covered by federal grant funds. 

Additionally approved by the county board upon the recommendation from the same committee, was its five-year plan for highway and road improvements which includes one set for this year in Collinsville Township calling for the realignment of Lebanon Road over the CSX Railroad.

Further mentioned as more long-range projects to receive attention prior to 2028 are a joint venture involving the county, the City of Troy and Collinsville Township for the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Old Troy Road and Illinois Route 162.

Also included in the plan for 2023 are improvements of various drainage structures, participation in the signalization of assorted railroad crossings and chipping and sealing on some roads, all of these at different locations scattered throughout the county. 

The county is agreeing to contribute matching funds as required to various municipalities in order to meet the federal requirements set down in its congestion mitigation and air quality grants along with the surface transportation program grants which are administered through the East West Gateway Council of Governments. 

The aforementioned CMAQ federal program was originally established to help alleviate traffic backups and, therefore, reduce the cumulative amount of vehicle emissions. The STP provides flexible funding that may be used by states and localities like Madison County for projects to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any federal-aid highway, bridge and tunnel projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and transit capital projects.

 

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