Relief for Quincy drivers as new road projects are underway. Starting Friday and for the next four weeks several roads in Quincy neighborhoods are getting some much needed work with new asphalt being laid.
"We do one of these every year where we take a bunch of streets that don’t require any underground work or very limited curb replacement and take bids on that." said Quincy Utilities Director Jeffrey Conte.
Almost a dozen stretches of road will be replaced with a cost of about $700,000 total.
"When you purchase gas in the State of Illinois you pay a motor fuel tax," said Conte. "That money gets distributed to the local governments for street resurfacing and that’s what is paying for these streets."
Jamone Riggins lives on Kenwood Avenue, one of the streets being worked on. Riggins says even though it’s inconvenient to have his road blocked off, he thinks it’ll be worth it in the end.
"I guess it’s going to make our street look better and nicer and smoother," said Riggins.
Residents say the condition of roads are a good indication of the quality of life in a city.
"If the streets aren’t good then traffic is going to be messed up," said Riggins. "People are going to be complaining and cars are going to be getting messed up."
And while progress is being made, Conte says this is one of many streets that need to be looked at.
‘It’s just a shame that we have not enough money to do all the projects that we want to get done," said Conte.
If you want your street to be resurfaced, Conte says you can call the streets department. They usually start prioritizing which streets to work on after the winter months.