Damaged Roads

Credit Johnny Cather, TSPR

Construction crews in Macomb are racing to complete the Adams Street renovation project on time.  They've had to contend with one of the wettest summers on record.

Sara Spaedy, flickr.com/somedonkus

Many parts of the Midwest dealt with record-setting rainfall this June. Areas of Northeast Missouri received nearly 500% more rain than normal, and roadways are paying the price.

Credit Jason Parrott

Heavy rain throughout Northeast Missouri this week has resulted in widespread road closures. As of 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, the subsequent flooding resulted in 135 roads being closed by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Rich Egger

The Illinois legislature’s spring session is supposed to end this week, roads and bridges are deteriorating, and state and federal programs to fund construction are expiring, so an unusual coalition of business and labor proposed a plan to address the situation.

However, it’s unclear where it stands in Springfield.

Wrapping up are Illinois Jobs Now – which funds maintenance and construction of roads, highways and public transit, set to end July 1 – and the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), ending Sept. 30 (if its funds don’t run out sooner).

Lee County is looking into whether a construction project is damaging county roads.

Crews are working to raise the levee surrounding the Green Bay Drainage District.

Several residents told the Lee County Board of Supervisors, during this week’s meeting, that some gravel roads are being severely damaged by the heavy equipment needed for the project.

They say the contractor is using a shortcut instead of utilizing off-road opportunities.