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If you've made your way toward the east side of Main Street in Clinton, you will notice the construction there has been going on for some time now.

A complete reconstruct is going on from Route 54, east to Magill Street began in late July, which includes new sidewalks, new gutters and a repaving of the street. Public Works Director for the City of Clinton Steve Lobb explains work is beginning with the sidewalks then moving towards the street. He adds work is being done in a residential area, which is making things tricky because they are trying to provide residents access to their homes as best they can.

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The work began later than anticipated, however, Lobb says now, work is ahead of schedule, thanks in large part to the dry weather central Illinois has experienced. Being ahead of schedule and hope for a dry September has Lobb optimistic the project can be completed by the end of October.

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Lobb compares what the finished product could look like to the new Illini Drive in Clinton, with sidewalks on both sides, gutters and completely paved roads. He adds, since Main Street is one of the primary traveled roads in Clinton, it only made since for the City Council to approve to have construction done.

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Illinois Valley Paving is the contractor, they are an arm of United Contractors Midwest. The cost of the project is just under $1 million.

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