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Marseilles receives $500,220 grant for new sidewalks

As city grows northward, it looks to make pedestrian traffic safer

The city of Marseilles received a $500,220 grant for new sidewalks from the American Legion north on Rutland Street to 11th Street, then east on 11th Street to the medical clinic.

The sidewalk also will go up Bratton Street from Rutland Street, tying into the 10th Street sidewalk.

The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program Grant is 80% funded, along with an additional 10% from the state of Illinois. The city of Marseilles will pay 10% of the project.

“This project has been one of the city’s capital improvement projects for many years,” said Mayor Jim Hollenbeck. “The city was awarded the grant for a feasibility study over two years ago. This is a public safety issue, which is why I think Marseilles scored high on the evaluation.”

Hollenbeck said pedestrian traffic is increasing as the city grows northward with a medical clinic, auto repair facility and Dollar General on a roadway that was originally a county roadway until the city took control to address public safety issues and to extend the sewer and water to Interstate 80.