Cole County Public Works to Begin Business 50 Reconstruction

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COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Department of Public Works held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss the new Business 50 reconstruction project.

"Over time with business growth in the area, traffic growth, overall it's an old pavement," said Eric Landwehr, Cole County engineer, "And it's just time to go through and rebuild the complete road."

The reconstruction project includes storm water improvements. The curbs, gutters and pavement will be upgraded.

Public Works officials said they will be adding sidewalks for students that attend Pioneer Elementary school who walk along Business 50.

The total estimated cost for the reconstruction project is about $4 million, but public works officials said they have $3 million set aside for the project.  Officials said they will reconstruct about 7,000 feet of Business 50 because because that is all they have funding for.

Bids for the project will begin in December and actual construction will not start until 2014.