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Road improvements aim to stop flooding in Quincy neighborhood

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Street improvements are coming to a Quincy neighborhood.

The Quincy city council approved an 850,000 dollar project for a number of upgrades in the north part of town near north 16th and 17th streets.

"It's bad," Quincy resident Courtney Crawford said. "When it rains good, you can't see the road, and all of this is backed up for at least a day."

There's concern over poor road conditions on North 16th Street.

Crawford said the roads are a mess and the lack of curbs and storm sewers leads to flooding.

"It's come up to about right here before and that's higher area and where it's low, it's come up to where that bush on the side of my house is and that's all flooded," Crawford said.

She said the high water becomes a safety concern for her five children.

"You can't have children out because it's very dangerous and they could go right through the tunneling of it for the water," Crawford said.

It's these issues that the city of Quincy is aiming to fix.

At Monday's meeting, the city council approved an 850,000 dollar project to repave North 16th from Locust to Seminary and Wells Avenue and Center Avenue from North 16th to 17th Street.

Quincy Utilities and Engineering Director Jeffrey Conte said the area was built without curbs and gutters and the streets are flat. He said they plan to change that to mitigate flooding caused by rainfall.

"We really want to go in there, address the drainage, build the curb and gutter to contain the water from the street not to flow onto the properties and to resurface everything because the street has been damaged by the long-term flooding that's been going on there," Conte said.

Crawford said the city has looked at making improvements before, but nothing changed. She said she hopes it's different this time around.

"It would be really exciting if it got done and it would make it look a whole lot nicer too," Crawford said.

Conte said the plan is to start work this fall, let it settle during the winter, and then finish it in the spring.

Conte said the city plans to use the Motor Fuel Tax for the majority of the project.

He said the new storm sewers will come out of the sewer fund and the water main replacement will come out of the water fund.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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