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Reconstruction work continues on Kirksville Illinois Street

The Kirksville Public Works Department is doing a complete tear-out of the street from Marion to Baltimore. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

Reconstruction work is continuing on one Kirksville street.

Work on Illinois Street began in May.

The Kirksville Public Works Department is doing a complete tear-out of the street from Marion to Baltimore.

When complete, the project will result in an improved street, as well as new curb, gutter, driving surface and the addition of bicycle lanes.

Those driving near the area may notice that the street is being dug out very deep.

But, Kirksville Public Works Director Glenn Balliew says there is a reason for that.

"It looks very deep, but four inches will not go back on. Several years ago, they put a four inch overlay on this street which made the street four inches higher than the streets that tie into the road. So, to get all of the drainage right and get these side streets to tie in, we have to take that four inches off first, and then we will go down eight inches and put eight inches of rock and eight inches of asphalt along with the curb. It looks deep, but four inches of that won't go back."

The expected completion date of the work is September, or earlier, dependent on weather.

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

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