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Kirksville Illinois Street reopens to traffic

Illinois Street officially reopened Wednesday afternoon. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

After five months of reconstruction work, one Kirksville Street is now open to traffic.

Illinois Street officially reopened Wednesday afternoon.

In May, crews with the Kirksville Public Works Department began doing a complete tear-out of the street from Marion to Baltimore.

Because the work on the street was done in house, Kirksville city staffers say a substantial amount of money was saved.

On Wednesday, public works crews, city personnel and a few Kirksville City Council members were on hand to celebrate the opening of the street.

Although the road is now open to traffic, Kirksville Street Maintenance Superintendent Ray Sandstrom says some work will still be taking place in the coming days.

"We need to get a little rain, there is some oil on top. We need to get a rain to kind of wash that off. But, we probably have a couple days of dirt work to do, couple days of striping. But, it shouldn't interfere with traffic. We should be able to do it with traffic."

After work on the street began, Kirksville citizens began to ask questions on the need for the project.

Kirksville Public Works Director Glenn Balliew said the reconstruction was necessary.

He said that the work has resulted in an improved street, as well as new curb, gutter, driving surface and bicycle lanes.

Balliew adds that he encourages those in the area to check out the work that was done on Illinois Street.

"I would tell those that had a lot of negative comments on social media and out loud too, to come take a look at it. No one could have done this job any better then these crews did, it is a job that is second to none. It's a very, very well built street, and it will outlast most of us. I would encourage people that this is just the beginning for the city, this is a big deal, and look for better things in the future."

According to the 2018 budget, the price-tag on the reconstruction project was estimated at about $800,000.



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