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Illinois Street to see possible improvements; sidewalk enhancements underway

In 2018, the Kirksville Public Works Department hopes to do a complete tear-out of Illinois Street, from Marion to Baltimore. (KTVO)

Big changes could be coming to one of Kirksville's main thoroughfares next year.

Tuesday afternoon, members of the Airport and Transportation Commission (ATC) received an update on the project.

In 2018, the Kirksville Public Works Department hopes to do a complete tear-out of Illinois Street, from Marion to Baltimore.

ATC members voted to officially recommend the project to the city council.

They hope city officials will also look at the feasibility of adding a bike line to Illinois Street.

Public Works Director Glenn Balliew says that in addition to those changes, on-street parking will also be eliminated.

He says that crews have looked at every home, and each residence has a different option for parking other than directly on the street.

Those that live along Illinois Street will receive notice from the city regarding any parking changes.

Crews are also in the process of improving sidewalks in Kirksville.

Work began this week.

The following sections of sidewalk will see enhancements:

  • East side of Florence Street from LaHarpe Street to just south of Link Street
  • East side of Halliburton Street from LaHarpe Street to Franklin Street

The sidewalk project is expected to take 6 to 8 weeks, dependent on weather.

Traffic control will be in effect and traffic may be reduced to one lane at times.

Parking will not be permitted in construction zones.


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