DANVILLE — Aldermen will consider tonight two bids totaling nearly $700,000 to reconstruct North Vermilion Street from Fairchild Street to the downtown business sector and will include resurfacing Vermilion, reconfiguring the driving lanes, and doing curb, gutter and median work as well.
The rehabilitation project includes resurfacing Vermilion from Fairchild Street to Harrison Street and eliminating the on-street parking in most of that section, which will allow the current 9-foot-wide lanes to be increased to at least 101/2 feet or 12 feet at most.
There will be 5-foot-wide bike lanes added on both sides of Vermilion, except in front of the federal courthouse at Harrison and Main, allowing on-street parking to be maintained there. That change was made in the original plan based on public input that city administration received during two public hearings that were held on the project in the last six months.
Improvements also will include a landscaped median from Harrison in front of the federal courthouse to Seminary, and a center turn lane from Seminary to the next intersection at Williams Street.
At city council meetings, some aldermen and residents have criticized plans to add the landscaped medians, calling them unnecessary and a waste of money while city administration officials and other aldermen have argued that the medians are part of an effort to make the city more pedestrian friendly and safe as well as aesthetically pleasing.
The council's public works committee will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. today to consider the bids on the project, and the full council will consider the bids at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. today.
Both meetings will be in the lower level city council chambers at the municipal building, 17 W. Main St., Danville.
Big O Services of Tilton submitted the low bids for the portion of the project that entails new curbs, gutters, sidewalk ramps, crosswalks and medians, which will be done prior to the street resurfacing. Big O Services' two bids totaled $233,883.
And Cross Construction in Urbana submitted the low bid of $462,946 for the resurfacing portion of the project.
Overall, the bids total $696,829.
The project is being paid for with local money from the city's infrastructure development and improvement fund.