MOSSVILLE — The most deteriorated and heavily trafficked part of Old Galena Road is likely to get reconstructed in the new year.
Peoria County officials announced last week they'd received $4.1 million in federal funds to help rebuild the road from the intersection of Cedar Hills Drive south to Boy Scout Road.
"If anybody's ever driven on this road, you know it's in bad shape," Peoria County Board member Jimmy Dillon told the board's infrastructure committee during a meeting in which members unanimously approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to use the federal funds.
The road is used not only by employees getting to buildings on Caterpillar's Mossville campus but also to transport goods into and out of the industrial facility. It also sees heavy traffic from buses and families going to Mossville Junior High School.
The reconstruction probably will be one of the biggest single road construction projects in the county's history, county engineer Amy McLaren said.
"The (intersection with Cedar Hills Drive) is one of the worst portions of the roadway," she said. "The traffic signals are functionally obsolete, as well as the pavement, which is substantially deteriorated."
Officials have been preparing for the job for several years, and last year authorized preliminary engineering work for it.
"Not only will the infrastructure be beneficial, but we will be putting construction folks to work in our community next construction season," McLaren said.
The county will also put in $1.8 million in matching, local funds for the project, assistant county engineer Jeff Gilles said.
The goal, he and McLaren agreed, would be to get the work done in a single construction season — one reason they're hoping to get swift, final approval from the County Board at its Jan. 11 board meeting, in time for a Jan. 19 IDOT bid letting.
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