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By DENNIS GRUBAUGH

    Municipal governments are figuring on absolutely no help from the state of Illinois on some of their long-range road projects in coming years, but that doesn’t mean they have given up on outside financial assistance altogether.
    The federal government still has funds available, and towns around Metro East are vying for a piece of the pie.
    A committee of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments this past month forwarded a recommendation for federal funding of 19 projects in the counties of Madison, Monroe and St. Clair. Some 20 other projects failed to make the cut.
    The funding will come through two federal sources, $5.482 million of it from the Surface Transportation Program and another $2.757 million from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. The programs are two of many with which the East-West Gateway agency deals in its role as a Metropolitan Planning Organization. Its members, who are representatives from local government and governmental transportation authorities, review all federal transportation applications in the region and recommend the ones that go forward.
    Surface funds can be used for projects such as pavement preservation, highway expansion, congestion mitigation, safety, environmental mitigation, transit, and pedestrian facilities. Congestion Mitigation funds can be used for traffic flow improvement, demand management, shared ride services, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, transit vehicles/facilities and operating assistance for new transit service.
    The call for applications began in December and will end with the final approval from the East-West Gateway board on July 29. The federal funds have already been committed, contingent upon the local approval.
    “The committee has made the recommendations and the projects will be included in our draft Transportation Improvement Program, which is a four-year schedule of federally funded projects in the St. Louis region. Basically any project that has federal funds has to be included in the document. We’ll go out for public comment in June. At the end of July, we’ll bring the document back to our board of directors for a final vote,” said Jason Lange, transportation planner at East-West Gateway.
    Most of the listed projects would not be underway until 2019, he said.

 

The recommended projects

Here is a listing of the proposed projects, grouped by sponsoring Metro East communities or organizations. Included is the anticipated payment method:
ALTON: Washington Avenue, from College Avenue to 130 feet north of Salu Street, resurfacing and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, includes roadway, curb and gutter and sidewalks.
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $592,500
Federal: $337,500
State: $0
Local:    $255,000
BELLEVILLE: West Main Street resurfacing from 17th Street to 28th Street (0.78 miles). Resurfacing two-lane pavement, roadway, curb and gutter
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $1,030,497
 Federal: $623,284
 State:    $0
 Local: $407,213
COLLINSVILLE: Sugarloaf Road, Phase 1, from 1,150 feet east of Illinois Route 157 to 1,750 east of 157, reconstruction and sidewalk.
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $721,000
 Federal: $327,000
 State:    $0
 Local: $394,000
COLUMBIA: Gall Road at Illinois Route 3, addition of left-turn lane.
 Year of construction: 2017
Total project cost: $515,000
 Federal: $412,000
 State: $0
 Local:    $103,000
EAST ALTON: Franklin Avenue, from Illinois Route 140/111 to California Avenue, resurfacing of two-lane pavement.
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $521,000
 Federal: $300,000
 State:    $0
 Local:    $221,000
GODFREY: Clifton Terrace Road resurfacing, from 300 feet north of McAdams Parkway (Illinois Route 100) to 335 feet south of Illinois Route 3
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $511,300
 Federal: $316,350
 State:    $0
 Local:    $194,950
GRANITE CITY: Fehling Road North reconstruction, from Illinois Route 203 to the west by 980 feet. Includes ADA work, pedestrian facility, roadway reconstruction and curb and gutter
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $907,516
 Federal: $544,511
 State:    $0
 Local:    $363,005
LEBANON: Mcallister Street reconstruction from Madison Street to Herman Street, includes sidewalk and roadway
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $578,000
 Federal: $355,500
 State:    $0
 Local:    $222,500
MASCOUTAH: Berm multi-use path from 10th Street extension to county road, includes 10-foot shared use path for bicycles and pedestrians
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $72,700
 Federal: $54,525
 State:    $0
 Local: $18,175
O’FALLON, Green Mount Road, dual left and right turn lanes and intersection improvements at Central Park Drive
Year of construction: 2017
Total project cost: $977,950
 Federal: $782,360
 State:    $0
 Local: $195,590
O’FALLON: Simmons Road, Phase 2, reconstruction from Lakeview Lane to Milburn School/Fairwood Hills Road, includes sidewalks
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $740,000
 Federal: $449,250
 State:    $0
 Local:    $290,750
SAUGET: at Queeny Avenue, extended right turn lane Illinois Route 3 merge onto Queeny
Year of construction: 2017
Total project cost: $642,043
 Federal: $513,634
 State:    $0
 Local:    $128,409

ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Scott-Troy Road (Phase I), resurfacing from 337 feet south of Keck Ridge Drive to the Madison County line
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $1,070,000
 Federal: $727,500
 State:    $0
 Local: $342,500
ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Scott-Troy Road (Phase II), from U.S. 50 to 1,145 feet south of Keck Ridge Road, 2.1 miles of resurfacing
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $961,300
 Federal: $661,725
 State:    $0
 Local: $299,575
SHILOH: Shiloh Station Road, Phase 5, reconstruction from 373 feet north of Johnson Road to 1,270 north of Johnson Road, includes shared use bike path and sidewalk and drainage correction
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $670,365
 Federal: $375,274
 State:    $0
 Local: $295,091
TROY: West Clay Street - Phase 1, reconstruction from Illinois Route 162 to North Main Street, includes sidewalk and shared-use bike path
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $485,000
 Federal: $283,500
 State:    $0
 Local:    $201,500
TROY: U.S. 40 at Spring Valley Road, intersection improvements and installation of traffic signal
Year of construction: 2016
Total project cost: $1,600,000
 Federal: $600,000
 State:    $0
 Local: $1,000,000
WATERLOO: Moore Street, Phase 5 reconstruction from 100 feet south of Columbia Avenue to 450 feet north of Columbia Avenue, includes construction of shared-use bike path, culvert and roadway
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $1,599,371
 Federal: $487,000
 State:    $0
 Local:    $1,112,371

The projects not recommended

BELLEVILLE: Lebanon Avenue, from F Street to Illinois Route 161 (0.9 miles), resurfacing of two-lane pavement, roadway, curb and gutter    
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $1,285,420
 Federal: $777,472
 State:    $0
 Local: $507,948
BETHALTO: North Prairie Street, Phase 1, Corbin Street to Dorothy Street reconstruction, sidewalks, drainage correction
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $675,000
 Federal: $442,500
 State:    $0
 Local:    $232,500
COLLINSVILLE: Lebanon Road, from    Main Street to Quatto Hill Road (city limits), resurfacing of two-lane pavement.
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $645,000
 Federal: $375,000
 State:    $0
 Local: $270,000
EDWARDSVILLE: St. Louis Street resurfacing Phase 2, from Elm Street to Ammann Place, includes bridge removal,     roadway and curb and gutter
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $963,000
 Federal: $627,750
 State:    $0
 Local:    $335,250
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS: Market Place, from Commerce Street to the entrance at DSW/ PETCO; includes resurfacing, sidewalks and bike lanes.
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $715,000
 Federal: $443,250
 State:    $0
 Local: $271,750
GLEN CARBON: Old Troy Road reconstruction, from Mont Road to the south by 4,000 feet, includes road and drainage improvements.
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $2,446,420
 Federal: $750,000
 State:    $0
 Local: $1,696,420

GRANITE CITY: Fehling Road South reconstruction from State Street to the north by 1,050 feet. Includes ADA work, pedestrian facility, roadway reconstruction and curb and gutter
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $938,841
 Federal: $563,306
 State:    $0
 Local: $375,535
HARTFORD: Delmar Avenue resurfacing and ADA improvements, from Hawthorne Street to Rand Avenue
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $465,300
 Federal: $257,775
 State:    $0
 Local:    $207,525
HIGHLAND: Broadway Street resurfacing, from Helvetia Drive to Iberg Road, includes sidewalk upgrades
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $650,000
 Federal: $408,750
 State:    $0
 Local:    $241,250
ILLINOIS EPA: Diesel engine retrofit, replacing engines on five cranes that operate in two multimodal facilities (Mike’s Inc./SCF Lewis and Clark)
Year of construction: 2016
Total project cost: $585,000
 Federal: $399,600
 State:    $0
 Local: $185,400
MADISON: Alton Avenue reconstruction, from Third Street to Wayne Lanter, includes sidewalk upgrades
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $1,052,162
 Federal: $631,298
 State:    $0
 Local: $420,864
MADISON COUNTY TRANSIT DISTRICT: MCT Transit awareness program, including marketing, outreach, and education (two separate filings, both not recommended for funding)
Year of project: 2016
Total cost: $350,000
 Federal: $280,000
 State:    $0
 Local: $70,000
MADISON COUNTY TRANSIT DISTRICT: Ridefinders marketing and outreach, to increase participation in Ridefinders to employers and commuters (two separate filings, both not recommended for funding)
Year of project: 2016
State: Illinois
Total project cost: $240,000
 Federal: $240,000
 State:    $0
 Local: $0
MARYVILLE: Pleasant Ridge reconstruction, from West Main to the south by 1,300 feet, includes sidewalks, roadway reconstruction and curb and gutter
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $1,337,302
 Federal: $750,000
 State:    $0
 Local: $587,302
SAUGET: Falling Springs Diversion Loop, Phase 1,800 feet north of Queeny Avenue to 1,100 feet north, road realignment and overlay, new two-lane road and paving
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $818,462
 Federal: $458,817
 State:    $0
 Local: $359,645
ST. CLAIR COUNTY: Maple Street reconstruction, from Main Street to Illinois Route 158, includes sidewalks
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $3,521,555
 Federal: $2,247,416
 State:    $0
 Local: $1,274,139
SHILOH: Shiloh Station Road, Phase 6A, reconstruction from 150 feet south of Timberline Court to 725 feet south of Timberline Court, includes shared use path and sidewalk
Year of construction: 2019
Total project cost: $470,000
 Federal: $352,500
 State:    $0
 Local: $117,5000
WOOD RIVER: Sixth Street reconstruction, from Illinois 143 to East Edwardsville Road, includes sidewalks upgrades and paving
Year of construction: 2020
Total project cost: $660,000
 Federal: $416,250
 State:    $0
 Local: $243,750