MACOMB — Preliminary work has begun on the upcoming downtown revitalization project.
Clusters of orange construction barrels have been distributed around the courthouse square.
According to Macomb Mayor Mike Inman, a last bit of surveying work was conducted on Thursday, and utility identification service JULIE indicated areas where there were underground utilities. The word “locate” spray-painted around the square in various places served as starting points for JULIE workers.
Barrels will be placed around areas that will be removed or augmented as part of the parking redesign process. Inman said there will be sawing Friday or Monday depending on the weather. A two-person operation will make strategic cuts in pavement and concrete at various locations around the square. The sawing will start in the northeast corner of the square and move counter-clockwise.
Inman said there will be no construction on the repaving until May 15.
The repaving is part of the first phase of the downtown revitalization project. This phase encompasses the repaving, adding more parking spaces to the center parking ring, addition of yield signs at the Lafayette and Randolph street entrances to the square and improvement of drainage on the south side.
As construction and repaving is initiated, the square will have parking restricted a section at a time. There is free public parking in the A.R. Cooper (Mickey Mouse) lot at Jackson and McArthur streets, in Hardisty Place lot on Washington Street, across from Old Dairy by the Western Illinois Museum/Macomb Area Visitors Bureau building, by Macomb City Hall and in the lot behind Gelsosomo’s Pizza at Campbell and Route 136.
According to Downtown Development Director Kristin Terry, Park ’n Cruise dates will be held at Chandler Park, one block north of the square. The first Park ’n Cruise is 6-9 p.m. on May 5.