A decision may be made by December on whether Macomb will receive a state grant for improvements along West Adams Street from Lafayette to Ward streets.
Illinois Department of Transportation engineer Derek Parish told members of the Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee on Thursday that the city's project application "ranked very well." A selection committee at the state level will make the final decision on who gets the grant money.
Parish said a contract may be awarded late this fall for the widening and resurfacing of Bower Road and improvements to the road's intersection with Route 136/East Jackson Street.
IDOT local roads engineer Tony Sassine said plans submitted by Macomb for the project would be sent back to the city early next week.
Contract work is nearly complete on the second phase of a project to widen Route 67 to four lanes from Macomb to Jacksonville.
The first section to be completed is a stretch from Macomb to north of Industry. The next section would run from Industry to Illinois Route 101.
Chamber Transportation Chairman Bruce Biagini said the committee would be pleased to see eventual construction of a bypass around the village.
"We consider the Industry bypass a high priority," he said.
There could be a contract awarded by November 2013 for reconstruction of the Wigwam Hollow Road Bridge over the east fork of the Lamoine River, Parish said. Total project cost is estimated at $2.4 million.
Macomb Public Works Director Jason Bainter said engineering design work is underway for the improvement of Wigwam Hollow Road, with construction work to coincide with the bridge work. He said road reconstructions of East Carroll, North Ward and East streets are also in the engineering phase.
Parish said work has been completed on an eight-mile stretch of Illinois 9 west of the Spoon River, and that all lanes are now open to traffic on Illinois 61 over the Lamoine River south of Colmar. He said work is underway on Route 67 over Farmers Fork, and that a contract could be approved by January 2014 for rebuilding of the 450th Street Bridge over Troublesome Creek.
The IDOT engineer said a contract could be let next spring for road grading along the planned Illinois 336 Macomb Northwest Bypass. Parish said no funding has been approved yet for the road paving.
John Vigezzi, travel agent and supervisor of the Macomb Depot, said 300 Western Illinois University students left town on the Amtrak train Thursday morning, and that he expected 400 students to leave Friday morning and another 600 students to depart Friday evening. He said Amtrak has made special efforts to get the students back to Macomb on Sunday, Nov. 25, with Chicago train departures at 7:35 and 11:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Vigezzi said 88,000 people have traveled on the Quincy to Chicago train route so far this year.
"When we experience peak demands, it's good that they make more resources available," said Mayor Mike Inman.
Viegezzi said Amtrak has a two-year plan for an equipment upgrade along the route.
Bill Butcher, co-chairman of the Macomb Airport Authority, reported on improvements to airport runways. He said 40-year-old lighting for navigation and runway delineation will be replaced at a cost of about $150,000.