PEKIN - City street department crews will start work Monday preparing the base at crosswalks in downtown Pekin for a new ornamental look that will tie the crosswalks into the downtown history.

Street Department Manager Bob Shaw said city crews will cut away the damaged asphalt at the edges of the street at the gutters and then level the pavement to be the same as the gutters. He said there should be minimal disruption in traffic as the street department completes that work throughout the day.

Paveway Systems will install the new crosswalks in mid-July. The work will take place over night hours so as not to interfere with traffic as much, said Shaw.

“We have busy establishments downtown that need customer access,” said Shaw. “So I walked door to door to talk with the businesses so they know more about what’s going on.

“There will be no streets blocked during the day and very little disruption in traffic.”

The crosswalks will be like the brick stamping on downtown sidewalks. They will be several feet wide and slip-resistant. 

The city offices will be closed for the Fourth of July on Tuesday. Work will start again on Wednesday.

The Pekin City Council approved the use of Tax Increment Finance Funds up to $150,000 for the crosswalk project, the addition of 12 benches, 11 bike racks and four picnic tables. The latter projects were completed in June.

City Manager Tony Carson said the idea is to attract more people to the historic downtown.

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