The City of South Beloit broke ground Monday on a project three years in the making: getting new pavement, a sewer system and a traffic light for a busy intersection.
“This is a long-awaited project that actually was on the calendar my first year, which was three years ago, as mayor,” said Mayor Ted Rehl. “A nice baptism for me, it allowed me to understand what it means to work with all parts of government.”
Since the bigger companies in South Beloit use multiple semi-trucks, over the years the roads have deteriorated and need to be repaved.
One engineer says the project wasn’t typical.
“There’s a lot of different aspects to it,” Chad Clauson, an engineer at construction company Fehr Graham, said. “You know, you work a lot on the transportation side of the project, but then there’s also a lot of drainage issues and sidewalks that we had to make sure were up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards, so there’s a lot of different aspects you don’t always see on a single project.”
South Beloit was also approved to put in a traffic light at the intersection of Route 2 and Oak Grove. A new sewer system will also be put in place due to some recent flooding.
“I think, for the truck access, widening some of the turn radiuses for the businesses on this street will really help them out,” said Nolan Schlie, who’s the project manager.
“It’s a great deal for the city, because the aesthetic value of just making your city look better, it’s a really good indication that three government entities can work together to get something done,” Mayor Rehl said. “So, on that level, it’s a huge get for the city.”
The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.