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Major road project to start this spring in Macomb

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Rich Egger

The city and state will rebuild South Johnson Street from Grant Street to Harmony Lane.

“South Johnson is a very busy street. This will allow the traffic flow to be eased off a lot,” said Macomb Public Works Director Alice Ohrtmann.

She said South Johnson will get all new pavement and a turn lane will be added to the entire stretch. The ditch on the west side of the street will be removed and replaced with a storm sewer system, and a multi-use path will be built on the east side of the road.

The project will include 800 feet of construction on Grant Street, mostly on the west side of the intersection to lower the street as it approaches South Johnson.

Mayor Mike Inman told city council members the finished product will look like the reconstructed South Ward Street from Piper Street to Grant Street.

“There will be some inconvenience. But this project will be well worth that,” he said.

The project could go out to bid in a couple months. The estimated cost is $4.5 million. Most of that will come from the state through Rebuild Illinois funds, surface transportation urban funds, and COVID relief funding.

The project could begin in mid-May, which is about when crews should finish construction of the new middle school in that part of town.

It will take about a year to complete the road project.

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Rich is TSPR's News Director.