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Public Works Director: Illinois Street improvements more than just beautification

Kirksville Public Works Director Glenn Balliew says the plan is to do a complete tear-out of Illinois Street, from Marion to Baltimore. (KTVO File)

Illinois Street in Kirksville may have a new look next year.

Tuesday afternoon, members of the Airport and Transportation Commission (ATC) were updated on the project.

Kirksville Public Works Director Glenn Balliew says the plan is to do a complete tear-out of Illinois Street, from Marion to Baltimore.

In addition, on-street parking would be removed and bike lanes would be added.

At a recent city council meeting, a citizen questioned the need for this project.

Balliew told KTVO the project is more than just "beautification."

"It's an old concrete street that is failing with some asphalt on top of it. There is no overlays that you can do to that. It has to be torn out and repaired. So, we are going to tear it out and repair it the right way so that it will last for a long time."

This project has received approval from both ATC members and the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission.

Now, Balliew says he will be speaking with council more in-depth about the planned improvements.

He says he will present a detailed outline of the project during Monday's study session.

That session will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers at Kirksville City Hall.

Balliew adds that as far as on-street parking, crews have analyzed every property on the affected section of Illinois.

He says each home has an alternative option for parking other than on the street.

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