How much is a paperwork mistake worth? In the case of a Macomb road project, the answer is about $125,000.
The project calls for improvements to the intersection of Bower Road and Route 136. The work will be paid for by the city, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and a grant through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP).
The original low bid of $969,922 came from Laverdiere Construction.
The public hearing on the Wigwam Hollow Road bridge replacement project
More information is now known about plans to replace the Wigwam Hollow Road bridge in Macomb.
A public hearing on the project was held during the City Council's September 4 meeting. Eric Moe of McClure Engineering said the bridge will be widened from 20 feet to 30 feet. A sidewalk will be added on the east side for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Moe said the bridge will be doubled in length to 200 feet. It will stretch from Jana Road to Woodland Lane. He said the new length will prevent floodwaters from topping the bridge.
Aldermen are reviewing whether to alter the Facade Forgivable Loan Program based on recommendations from the City Council's Community Development Committee.
One proposal is to increase the city's share of the costs for facade improvements from 50% to 66%.
“That would mean if somebody had a $30,000 project, they could get $20,000 of that from us and $10,00 of their own money. If that's not incentive enough to put on their best face, I don't know what else we can do,” said Seventh Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter.