If you think your dollar doesn't stretch too far these days, try being an alderman and fixing as many feet of city streets as you can on the cash you have available. The Wilmington City Council Tuesday approved the 2013 street repair project list, at a cost of $248,000, with as many feet of pavement as they could possibly pack in for the money. It didn't go far.
Slated for a fresh coat of asphalt are:
The road circling the North Island Park, from near the beginning to the end
Jackson Street from Joliet to Water Street
Van Buren Street from Kankakee to Main Street and from Mitchell Street to McIntyre Street as well as a small section of McIntyre at that intersection
Shakespeare Street from County Road to Byron Street
The Wabash-Laurel Street loop in Brookside Subdivision
North Kankakee Street just north of the bridge over Forked Creek
The council also approved paving several blocks of alleyways, abandoning a project to tar and chip them in favor of the more durable asphalt surfaces. Alleys to be paved include:
The alleys one-half block north of Baltimore Street, from McIntyre to North Water Street
The alley one-half block south of Baltimore Street, between Washington and Joliet Street
The alley along the millrace from Jackson to Van Buren, as well as the section of Van Buren from the millrace to North Water Street and the alley one-half block south of Van Buren between the millrace and North Water.
Motor Fuel Tax funds; money collected by the state on every gallon of fuel sold, then distributed to communities on a per capita basis; will be used to pay for the improvements. The city of Wilmington tries to schedule paving projects every other year, to take advantage of quantity discounts. The stated cost of the improvements are the city engineer's estimate.
City engineer Colby Zemaitis anticipated bids would be out in September with contracts awarded in October and the work complete by Thanksgiving.