There are several locations of 4" water main in the downtown area that need to be replaced for increased fire flow. These locations include water main on IL-171 (State Street) between 8th & 11th, and IL-7 between State & Lincoln. Also, the State has initiated a project to modify the IL-7 / IL-171 intersection. Completion of this project concurrent with the intersection project, would allow the City to avoid damage to the new facilities, while also utilizing the federally funded project to complete restoration afterward, potentially saving on project costs. The State has also agreed to include the water main replacement within the project scope, which will eliminate the need for separate construction inspection costs.
The Engineering for this project was initiated in December 2014, with a contract to Strand Associates for design services.