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Downtown revitalization project in Macomb nears completion

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MACOMB (WGEM) -- The Downtown Revitalization Project in Macomb is nearing completion as city officials said Tuesday the project is scheduled to be done by December.

Business managers said they're glad to see things moving along after some road bumps along the way.

Michael's Hair Designers sits on the west corner of Macomb's downtown square where the second phase of the Downtown Revitalization Project started.

"At first, it was very trying for us. It took about three and a half months for it to be finished," Manager Tina Mahoney said.

She said it's been a challenge.

"For us it was more of an irritant as far as trying to get the handicap and the elderly, and there was several times that I had to reschedule clients in order to push them back thinking that the sidewalk would be done and it wasn't," Mahoney said.

On the other east side of the square, where the next portion of the project is underway, Macomb Mayor Mike Inman said construction crews have also experienced some challenges.

"They're delayed a little bit because of some weather issues that occurred early in the construction process so we're still hoping that it will be finished this construction season," Inman said.

Inman said there's a possibility a request will be made to the Illinois Department of Transportation by the contractor to extend the deadline.

He said on the bright side, they've received additional funding to cover some unforeseen costs along the way.

"We received notice of that in the last week, indicating they're getting us just under $195,000 additional dollars. The total commitment by the Department of Transportation is $1.493 million to this project."

Mahoney said she's glad the west side of the square is complete because it's now Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.

"I'm looking forward to more people maybe come into the square with the new lighting and the wider sidewalks and maybe families coming up to walk around," Mahoney said.

Inman said the east side of the square is about a fourth of the way done which will go down to Randolph Street and include the 100 block of East Jackson.

He said next they'll move to the north and south side of the square.

If the weather continues to cause delays, he said construction crews will pause and pick back up in the Spring.

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Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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