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Aldermen Approve East Side Signal

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen approved spending $450,000 for a new traffic light intersection on the city's east side. It will be located at the entrance to Burger King and Wal-Mart. Mayor Mick Wisslead told aldermen the light is needed, and the city has identified some changes that could lower the cost even more. The original bid was almost $492,000, which was well over the city's $383,000 estimate. Wisslead says changes include removing a duplicate traffic signal controller from the specifications, along with using concrete for some lanes instead of the more expensive asphalt. Wisslead also told aldermen that delaying the bid to complete all change orders would delay the start of the project into the winter. He says if the state approves the changes quickly, the contractor could be moving dirt by the end of the week.