MORTON — It's a busy road work summer, as usual, in Morton.
The project that has grabbed the most attention from motorists is on North Nebraska Avenue from East Jackson Street (U.S. Route 150) to East Polk Street in the eastern edge of the village.
North Nebraska is closed to traffic entering from East Jackson or exiting onto East Jackson. People who live on North Nebraska are allowed to use the road to drive to their homes from other streets.
Craig Loudermilk, Morton's public works director, said he posted a notice about the North Nebraska project on Facebook earlier this month before work began because he was aware of the inconveniences the road closure would cause.
"North Nebraska is what's known as a collector street. The term refers to a street that moves traffic from local streets to larger arterial streets like East Jackson, and has more traffic than typical residential streets," Loudermilk said.
"In other words, a collector street takes you to a subdivision exit," he said.
Morton-based Otto Baum Company submitted the low bid of $448,870 for the North Nebraska project.
Improvements will include new curbs, gutters and sidewalks. There also will be pavement patching.
The expected completion date for the project is Aug. 30.
Paris Avenue and West Pershing Street projects also are underway in Morton.
Low bid for the Paris project was $405,847 from Stark Excavating of Peoria. Low bid for the Pershing project was $407,609 from Illinois Civil Contractors of East Peoria.
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