CHARLESTON -- Work on Etna Road in southwestern Coles County is scheduled to take place later this summer, pending approval of a contract and funding for the project.

The Coles County Board is scheduled to vote on awarding a contract and appropriating money for the project during its meeting on tonight. Tuesday, July 9.

The work would apply pavement sealing to prolong the life of the road surface, county Engineer Rick Johnson said.

The proposed contract would go to Beniach Construction Co. Inc. of Tuscola. Johnson said the company's bid of just more than $214,000 was the lowest of three received.

The board is also set to vote on authorizing the use of $100,000 from the county's motor fuel tax funds to cover part of the cost. Johnson said the rest of the funding will come from the the county highway budget.

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Johnson said the work will take place on 3 1/2 miles of Etna Road. It will start at the intersection with U.S. Route 45 6 miles south of Mattoon and continue west to Lake Road, he said.

The road won't be closed during the work but traffic will be reduced to one lane, Johnson also said.

There are few other votes on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting. They include the annual renewal of the county's agreement with the Coles County Council on Aging to operate the Dial-A-Ride public transportation system.

The board's meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the meeting room on the third floor of the courthouse in Charleston.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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