Local officials celebrate the opening of the Morrison Road connector.
GRANITE CITY — Weather forced a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony indoors, where state, county and local officials gathered to celebrate the opening of the Morrison Road connector.
The connector was built to connect Morrison Road to Breckenridge Road to address safety concerns of residents. Morrison Road is one of only two ways some Pontoon Beach residents are able to access area subdivisions. When Morrison Road was under construction during Union Pacific Railroad improvements, residents were left with only one way to access their subdivisions. During times of heavy rain and snow, access to the subdivision was compromised, creating safety concerns.
Cooperation was the theme of the remarks at the event, with Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer giving credit to local leaders in the neighboring communities of Pontoon Beach, Chouteau Township and Nameoki Township, as well as state and county leadership.
“This project was important to Granite City so as not to isolate the residents with the closing of the railroad crossing at Morrison Road,” Hagnauer said. “Its completion symbolizes a collaborative funding effort amongst all the taxing bodies. I appreciate the attention and effort that Senator Bill Haine, state Representative Dan Beiser and Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan gave to this project. It was their cooperation and diligence that moved this project along.”
The project started in July 2014 and was completed in December. State, county and local officials worked together to get the project done in an effort to improve road access and safety in the Pontoon Beach area.
At the ceremony, Illinois State Senator, 56th District, William Haine said, “It was such a pleasure to see citizens, local government and Union Pacific working together to solve the issue of Morrison Road,” Haine said. “The leadership of Sue Archer, a citizen, and Mayor Hagnauer should be especially noted by everyone.”
“The county was pleased to assist Granite City with the funding of this important project for the residents,” Dunstan said. “Good projects happen when we all work together and in this case state, county and local officials worked together to complete a project that needed to be done to address safety concerns. It was the right thing to do.”
Juneau Associates Inc. P.C. provided design and construction engineering services for the project and L&W Construction served as the contractor.
The road was scheduled to open today.