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|Overpass Work Takes Up Most of Capital Budget
|What's being called the largest budget for capital projects to date in the City of Galesbug has been outlined to aldermen.
The latest budget work session Monday dealt, in large part, with capital projects in the city's budget, and City Manager Dane Bragg told aldermen the proposed nearly $36 million in capital projects for Fiscal Year 2010 is nearly double what was budget just two years prior.
And Bragg says you could probably guess why the capital budget is so large -- three projects very important to city transportation.
"A major portion of that will be the West Main Street grade separation, which is funded entirely -- almost entirely -- through the state capital bill," Bragg said. "As well, we'll have some other grade separation work that will come through that capital bill. That really bumps up our level of spending for capital (projects) this coming year."
City officials say, however, the lions share of the construction work wouldn't begin until after next September and October, when bids are let on the project, but Bragg says it's important to make sure the budget is in place any time.
The potential problem for the city: even though the funding is through state and federal grants, the city will have to pay for whatever work is done, and then bill the state.
Preliminary work on the proposed Seminary Street grade separation is also included in the city's capital budget, along with engineering work on the separation for East Main Street.
(The Galesburg City Council takes part in a budget work session Monday night. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|10 21 09 by Newsroom
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