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City engineer's annual report

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[May 29, 2008]  Text of annual report from Mark Mathon, engineering manager for the city of Lincoln:

HardwareEngineering Department Annual Report for FY 2007-2008

Sysco Infrastructure Phase 1 work, which included the extension and construction of Heitmann, Sysco, and Madigan Drives, utility installation, and drainage improvements, was completed last year. Phase 2 work, which includes intersection modifications on Route 10 at Heitmann Drive and the Interstate ramps and traffic signals at Madigan Drive and the Interstate ramps, has been completed except for a few punch list items. 

Railroad Crossing Agreements The railroad crossings on North Kankakee and North McLean Streets are undergoing safety improvements that include the addition of signals with gates under two projects funded in an agreement by the Illinois Commerce Commission Grade Crossing Protection Fund, the City of Lincoln, and the Canadian National Railway. Work at Kankakee Street has been completed, with McLean Street work currently underway. 

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Brainard's Maintenance at Bridges Maintenance to remove accumulated silt and debris from Brainard's Branch at the Grand and Union Street bridges, as well as add rip rap to protect the bridges from erosion, will be let later this summer.

Fifth Street Road The Illinois Department of Transportation as approved the revised Project report from Hanson Professional Services for the Urban Section of the Fifth Street Road Project, which runs from Lincoln Parkway west to the Interstate.  Hansons is currently working on the completion of the construction plans for the section.

N. Sherman Reconstruction Project North Sherman Street, adjacent to the East Park Subdivision, will be completed soon.  Improvements include curb & gutter, drainage improvements, and asphalt surfacing.

Omaha Street Reconstruction Project Improvements to Omaha Street from Rutledge to Logan are slated to go out to bid later this summer.  Planned improvements will include new curb and gutter with an asphalt surface.

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 GIS (Graphic Information System) Committee Have continued as a part of the County GIS committee, which is working to create a useable GIS system within Logan County. 

The City is participating in a Municipal Street Light Conversion Program offered by Ameren for both 2007 and 2008 that converts mercury vapor and incandescent street lighting to high pressure sodium lamps. The HPS lamps are brighter and more efficient, which will represent a savings to the City of over $3300 dollars per year.  Lamps slated for replacement are those around schools and in areas that have been noted to be dim in the past.

The City of Lincoln participated in two State projects to upgrade traffic signal lights from incandescent bulbs to LED fixtures.  Intersections converted include Connolley Road & Route 10, Union Street & Route 10, Logan Street & Route 10, and Logan Street & Broadway Street. Electrical savings from this project have been significant, reducing power costs at some intersections by nearly 70%.


Have been working with the Street Superintendent on implementing a plan for improving sealcoat streets at a relatively low cost as a part of the Street Department's regular sealcoat maintenance program.  We are planning to utilize the City's Asphalt Zipper to mill existing sealcoat streets that, over the years, have been built up with high crowns and depressions at utility cuts.  City crews will then restore the proper crown and grade elevation prior to the normal sealcoat application process. The aim of this additional work is to create a durable road surface while improving the perceived ride quality of city streets.

[Text copied from file received from Mark D. Mathon, Environmental Management Corp.]


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