VANDALIA — There is good news and bad news for Vandalia drivers who are ready for road construction projects to wrap up.
The good news is that the Dixie Drive project is very close to completion. The bad news is that a new project, the National Road streetscape project, is just beginning.
Even that one comes with a silver lining, however, according to Vandalia Director of Public Service Rob Cron.
“The streetscape project is scheduled to be completed in December with the exception of planting trees,” Cron said on Thursday. “The trees will be planted next spring.”
That means all major projects should be completed by the end of the year.
Motorists should see a major change on Dixie Dr. next week as contractors are expected to open all lanes to traffic with temporary lane closures as utilities are brought up to the new street level, striping, and the final course of asphalt is laid.
“The final surface course of asphalt will be laid the week of September 21, and their intent is to put that down in one day,” said Cron. “Striping will come right after, and they should be done that week.”
Motorists can expect some work to continue this fall, especially as crews create the new curb cut for the library building.
While the Dixie project took over a year to complete, the National Road streetscape project will only last a few months. Streetscaping includes landscaping, brick pavers, new sidewalks, replacement of curbs as needed, and the installation of new street lights and poles. The cost of the project is just over $550,000 with Vandalia’s share at $370,486.
Contractors have begun work on the north side of National Road where the project will end just short of the former Morton Middle School site. Once the north side is done, work will begin on the south side and continue to Long St.
“The contractors will do everything on the north side first,” said Cron. “They are not allowed to have the curb lanes on both sides of National Rd. closed at the same time.”
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