UPDATE: Construction Set To Begin On 173

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 02/14 2014 06:28PM

Updated 03/13 2014 11:31AM

UPDATE (3/13/14): Construction is scheduled to begin March 17.

MACHESNEY PARK- Machesney Park is no stranger to large scale construction projects. The last major road enhancement came to a halt back in 2012, but now with an additional $27.9 million dollars in the budget the town is ready to break ground.

Greg Anderson, the village of Machesney Park leader of community development said that the project is made possible by the state of Illinois.

"The budget is easier on the state of Illinois when it is spread out over a two to three year period the project is happening now for state funding purposes."

The new road project is similar to the last one, Route 173 will be expanded to help traffic run more smoothly and bring stateliners to the area.

Anderson explained that this project will finish off where the 2012 process and will improve the roadways drastically.

"This picks up where we left off which is from alpine road all the way to the 4 lane"

Businesses are worried that this will have a negative impact on their business. The last time the roads were torn up it put a huge dent on profits.

Edward Mecum Jr., the manager of the Speedway Auto Mall reflected upon the tough times the project brought him a few years ago. 

"It got down to a trickle of business. The quarter is growing so much and then they shut the main road down and it shut down business."

Mary Chiasson, a Machesney Park resident who frequent businesses on Route 173 hope the project will not take too long to complete.

"They did not seem to finish one part of the road project and then they would work on a different part of the road. It just seemed to take forever."

Although there will be traffic in the area, Anderson said there is no reason to not shop local.

"Come on out and shop, the shops are not closing, it will be business as usual."

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