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Joliet plans road work

JOLIET – The city will rebuild roadways on Prairie Avenue, John Street, Clay Street, Eastern Avenue, Taylor Street, Woods Avenue and Ida Street next year.

The City Council this week approved allocating $1.4 million for the 2015 Roadway Reconstruction Program. Funding will come from $1.2 million in Motor Fuel Taxes and $221,777 in Illinois Jobs Now funding. The projects also include property owner participation money collected through the Special Service Area process.

The work includes curb, gutter and roadway reconstruction on: Prairie Avenue from Oneida to Jefferson Street for an estimated cost of $297,082; John Street from Prairie to Raynor Avenue for $172,847; Clay Street From Eastern Avenue to Franklin Street for $109,880; Eastern Avenue from Jackson to East Clay Street for $143,985; Taylor Street from Springfield Avenue to Madison Street for $193,634; Woods Avenue from Wheeler Avenue to its eastern end for $364,032; and Ida Street from Interstate 80 to Croghan Avenue for $136,865.

The Taylor Street, Woods Avenue and Ida Street projects also will include storm sewer work.

In other business on Tuesday, the council approved:

• Authorizing City Manager Jim Hock to apply for $40.5 million in low-interest loans for the Des Plaines River combined sewer overflow tunnel, sanitary sewer improvements along Route 6, and a new pump station and screen for the East Side Wastewater Treatment Plant.

• An intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation for roadway improvements along Route 30 from Interstate 55 to Route 59. Only a small portion of the project is in Joliet. IDOT plans to widen Route 30 to five lanes from I-55 to Renwick Road, and to three lanes from Renwick to Route 59. The center lanes would be used as turn lanes.

• Hiring a patrol officer and dispatcher for the Joliet Police Department.

• Issuing a special use permit for a thrift store at 116 E. Jackson St. to Ashraf Odeh.

• Issuing a special use permit for a temporary staffing and recruitment agency at 2405 Essington Road to Paramount Staffing. About 200 employees will work out of the site, including about 135 Joliet residents.

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