Dixon expands list of street improvements with $1.7 million grant

DIXON – The city is having a record year with street improvements and is lining up more road work after receiving a $1.7 million state grant.

The city will receive about $1.72 million from the state’s Fast Track Public Infrastructure Capitol grant program to extend its street resurfacing program, which now will total about $5.15 million in street improvements.

“It’s been a record-setting year for street resurfacing in terms of both expenditures and total city blocks slated for resurfacing, so it’s a very exciting time,” Public Works Director Matt Heckman said. “We’ll put the Fast-Track grant funds to good use, and that will free up additional local funds for more street projects next year.”

The grant will go toward street resurfacing and installing new ADA ramps as well as curb and gutter replacement in some areas.

The list of additional streets includes West Ninth Street from Depot to Jackson avenues, Nachusa Avenue from West Ninth to Fifth streets, Douglas Avenue from River to Fourth streets, Martin Street from Fourth to Carroll avenues, Carroll Avenue from Palmyra to Long streets, South Ottawa Avenue from Third to Seventh streets, and Highland Avenue from Seventh Street south to the dead end.

The road work is ready to go to bid. Heckman said the goal is to accomplish the projects this year, but it will depend on paperwork to meet grant requirements and weather.

The city recently wrapped up work resurfacing North Peoria Avenue from the bridge to Everett Street, and several more streets are on tap.

Work will begin soon on resurfacing West Graham Street from Galena to Fourth avenues, North Brinton Avenue from Timber Creek Road to Walgreen Estate, North Court Street from Galena to Dixon avenues, North Jefferson Avenue from Heather Lane to the cul de sac, Ann Avenue from Prescott Avenue to Tilton Park Drive, West First Street from Van Buren to Madison avenues, Myrtle Avenue as well as Dorothy Street and Lanewood Drive, and Eustace Drive, Garden Walk and Burchell Court.

“Dixon residents have made it clear that street conditions throughout town are a very high priority, so both city staff and the council are tackling this issue head on,” Heckman said.

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