The downtown streetscapes project in Streator is temporarily on hold after the state’s bid letting on June 19 came back higher than the original estimate.
Bids will come in again on Friday, Sept. 18, which means it will be at least January before the project can begin.
“It was on the state’s end; we received two bids and they were both over estimate,” Streator City Engineer Jeremy Palm said. “We’ll need to get new bids in September, and we’re hoping for better numbers when they get to that.”
Streator received a $487,960 grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement program in May 2018 to help extend the 300 E. Main St. concept block that features brick bump outs, coal cart planters and period street lights.
The improvements also will accompany Vermillion and Monroe streets becoming two-way roads; they also will receive new streetlights.
The plan will involve improvements reaching from the Vermilion River to Wasson Street.