The City Council has approved a construction project on the sidewalk in disrepair along College Avenue.
The project stretches along College from Holman Street to Rock Spring Drive. Funding will be provided by federal TAP funds, IDOT and the city of Alton, which also is responsible for providing engineering supervision during construction (reimbursable through federal funding). A temporary easement has been approved by the city, and city-owned property adjacent to the construction site has been approved as a temporary public right-of-way.
Plans call for breaking ground this spring.
Flooding recovery continues
Downtown and other areas of the city continued to perform cleanup operations as Mississippi floodwaters kept receding this week. On Jan. 8, Mayor Brant Walker and Fire Chief Bernie Sebold passed out cleanup kits to downtown businesses, including mops, squeegees, masks and disinfectant. The kits were provided by the Red Cross via the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.
By Jan. 11, the entire Great River Road and Illinois 143 west of Illinois 255 were reopened for traffic. On Jan. 11, MoDOT began pumping water from the lower lanes of U.S. 67 in an effort to reopen the lower lanes.
Downtown bars and restaurants continue to remove water from basements and clean up flood damage while staying open for customers.