Normal considers a $2.3 million project to expand Northtown Road. (Photo by B Crobin/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
NORMAL - Normal's Town Council Monday night will consider using $2.3 million in federal funds to make improvements to Northtown Road from Towanda to Linden.
City Manager Mark Peterson says there is a local match of $806,000, which might be more.
"In this agreement, the local match is $1.73 million. However, we've been assured by IDOT that there's more money after the first of their fiscal year in July that they'll be able to commit to this project," Peterson said.
The town's local share comes from motor fuel taxes. The renovation including concrete instead of asphalt, widening and new curb and gutters.
"Right now that's a rural section, it's basically just a two-lane asphalt roadway with unimproved ditches on both sides," Peterson said. "This will be a four lane, concrete, curb and gutter improvement."
Peterson said it will be the town's biggest capital project this year.
The council will also consider the formal agreement for a grocery feasibility study in Uptown, an intergovernmental agreement with Bloomington for use of the firing range and the property tax incentive for Wirtz Beverage. Bloomington's city council already approved the measure.
Stephanie Pawlowski can be reached at Stephanie.Pawlowski@Cumulus.com.