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State announces $3.7 million in Wilson Street improvements

BATAVIA – Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday announced $3.7 million in street improvements to Wilson Street as part of his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program.

"Transportation investments create needed construction jobs for Illinois workers and make our roads safer for all," Quinn said in a statement. "This Illinois Jobs Now! project will help to ensure that Illinois has a strong, 21st century infrastructure."

The Wilson Street streetscape project is set to start May 6 and a public open house on the plans will be at 7 p.m. April 30 in the City Council chambers at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Batavia Ave.

City officials said they already knew about the state funding, which includes $1.5 million from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, a federally funded grant program that promotes alternative transportation, bike and pedestrian travel and streetscape beautification.

In addition, the city will receive about $1 million from the state for traffic signal improvements, said the city's Assistant City Engineer Karen Young. The Illinois Department of Transportation will manage the project that will stretch on Wilson Street from Batavia Avenue to Island/Shumway Avenue.

The project will include wider sidewalks and brick paver crosswalks at major intersections, pedestrian bump-outs, traffic signal interconnection and modernization, water main replacement and sanitary sewer rehabilitation.

Landmark Contractors, Inc., of Huntley was the lowest of three bidders for the work with its quote of $3.72 million.

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