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Hollow Avenue Roadway Improvements Phase 1

Jerseyville Starting Construction on Major Roadway Project

The City of Jerseyville received $1,000,000 in grant funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for improvements to Hollow Avenue, as part of FHWA’s Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) funding initiative, and one of only ten projects awarded in the United States for that grant cycle.

As part of the City’s long-term Capital Improvement Plan, the safe and efficient movement of residential and commercial traffic are key priorities.

The Hollow Avenue improvement project involves reconstructing an old, deteriorated asphalt roadway with a modern compacted concrete pavement including curb-and-gutter and related subgrade improvements, widening, storm sewer/drainage improvements, and the addition of an ADA-compliant sidewalk extension. These improvements will enhance safety for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The compacted concrete pavement allows for lower cost of installation and a faster construction delivery schedule, while providing a high strength pavement with a long-term wearing surface. The project limits extend from Baxter Avenue to North Hickory Street.

According to John Miles, Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvements “this project is critical to residential and school bus traffic in the region, as well as work commuters. The addition of sidewalks in this area is also important to the residents along Hollow Avenue and nearby neighborhoods.”

Following an IDOT Letting in June, Stutz Excavating was awarded the low bid in August.

Construction is now set to begin within the next couple of weeks, and continue into next summer/fall 2024. Utility relocation work and installation of new storm sewer piping will be some of the initial tasks taking place this October and November.

Local residents can expect to see lane closures and even temporary complete roadway closures during this time. Detour routes will be properly marked, as required by IDOT.

The City website will be updated routinely with the latest news on progress for the Hollow Avenue project.