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Lincoln Avenue Work 09/05/18

Motorists travel along Lincoln Avenue in Charleston on Wednesday. Rough portions of the pavement are scheduled for maintenance next year.

CHARLESTON -- The uneven pavement that plagues Lincoln Avenue drivers soon may be no more: One of Charleston's most heavily trafficked streets will see major resurfacing next year.  

The Charleston City Council OK'd an agreement Tuesday with the Illinois Department of Transportation to do work on approximately 4.3 miles of Lincoln Avenue. The roadwork will run from .2 miles west of Douglas Drive to .4 miles east of Madison Avenue. 

"This is the project that we have been waiting for for quite some time," Mayor Brandon Combs said. 

The road work will include resurfacing the street as well as repairing the gutters, medians and curbs along Lincoln and other general improvement work along the road. 

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The project will cost a little more than $4 million. The city will be contributing $153,900 to the project for striping and traffic light improvements. This project was budgeted, Combs said. 

Combs said the project is scheduled to start Jan. 19. 

"I get this question all the time," Combs said of Lincoln Avenue's poor road conditions. "It is going to come. They are going to be able to drink coffee (while driving) down the road without spilling it on themselves."


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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter

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