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More weekend highway closures planned for metro-east

Friday, 20 September 2013 03:41 Published in Local News

   Another interstate closure will delay drivers in the metro-east this weekend.  

   The Illinois Department of Transportation will shut down westbound Interstate 55/70 between IL Rte. 203 and the I-64 merge starting at 9:00 p.m. Friday.  

   Eastbound Interstate 64 will remain closed this weekend between 25th Street the split.  

   Detours using Interstate 255 will be marked.  

   Both closures are related to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.  Both highways should reopen by Monday morning; Westbound I-55/70 by 5:00 a.m.. Eastbound I-64 by 9:00 a.m.

Former Edwardsville Police Chief sentenced to prison

Friday, 20 September 2013 03:35 Published in Local News

   Another former metro-east police chief is heading to prison.  The former top cop in Edwardsville, 57 year old James Bedell, was sentenced Thursday to a year and a half in federal prison for stealing nearly $140,000 in city funds.  

   Bedell had pleaded guilty in April to taking money from a department lock box that contained vehicle impound fees between 2009 and 2012.  

   Bedell resigned nearly a year ago on the day agents raided his home and office. He had been with the department since 2007.

Cobbled Laclede's Landing streets being rebuilt

Friday, 20 September 2013 01:48 Published in Around Town

   They're charming, and rough on feet and car suspensions.  But thanks to block grants and federal stimulus dollars, the cobbled streets of Laclede's Landing are getting a facelift.  

   John Clark, president of the Laclede Landing Community Improvement District spoke with Fox 2 News about the project that he says is long overdue.  "Everybody that's ever been down here knows it's a mess," Clark said.  He called the uneven pavers "a tripping hazard and hard on the shocks on your car."

   The cobblestones aren't going away.  They'll be dug up and relayed on top of a new base, making for a smoother road, with better drainage.  Clark says that new base will be a big improvement over what engineers say is currently under the streets.  "They found everything from railroad ties, to broken bottles, to cinders, to coal, and so, with that, that's the reason the cobblestones have become so uneven," he said.

   Additional sidewalk and curb improvements will bring the Landing into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

   "It's going to be a straight shot from doorstep on one side of the street to doorstep on the other side of the street."  Clark said, "It will have much more the feel of a promenade, than a street and sidewalk."

   The Landing District will pay 20 percent of the project's $1.4 million cost. Clark calls that an investment in the Landing's future.

 

 

 

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