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$33 million comprehensive infrastructure plan underway in Quincy

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A $33 million dollar infrastructure plan is officially underway in Quincy, Tuesday. The plan is set to improve water and sewer mains along with streets and sidewalks.

Crews were out at 2nd and Maine working on a section of sidewalk Tuesday. This is just the first of nearly 200 sidewalk improvements set to take place this year.

Annie Brink is strolled down Main with her son. She said Maine Street is one of the few areas in town that has sidewalks in good condition. Closer to home, she said sidewalks can be so bad she has to walk in the street.

"The sidewalks, they're pretty crappy. It's hard to get a stroller through," said Brink.

But Tuesday, crews began fixing some of those sidewalks. The Mayor said the city is investing over $700,000 in an effort to improve the walk-ability of Quincy.

"We have some new neighborhoods but we also have some neighborhoods that haven't been touched with concrete in quite awhile. So you may see us start in one neighborhood but we're going to get to all seven wards," said Mayor Kyle Moore.

All seven wards will see road improvements under Moore's $33 million infrastructure plan, as well. He expects all of the work to take place in 1 to 2 construction seasons.

"We wanted to make sure this infrastructure investment wasn't just about the roads. That we fix the water lines underneath, that we fix the sewers underneath and we are able to tackle some alleys and make a noticeable difference in concrete," said Moore.

Those improvements are things residents like Brink can't wait to see started.

"The better the sidewalks are, the better the roads, the more people will come," said Brink.

While the sidewalk projects are underway, the road projects won't start for another couple of weeks. The mayor said to expect bids for those to come to city council soon.

The $33 million plan was approved last year. Any project that takes place above ground like road resurfacing and sidewalks is being funded through bonds. While projects below surface like water main improvements will be paid for through low interest loans.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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