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Route 6 to be resurfaced in Peru

Posted by wlpo on March 14, 2011

The “really good news” for Peru should make anyone who drives Route 6 through the Illinois Valley happy.

After months of writing letters to state and federal lawmakers, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Peru Mayor Scott Harl finally received the answer he was hoping for: Route 6 will be resurfaced sooner than later.

The announcement arrived in a letter Monday from U.S. DOT Administrator Victor Mendez.  In it he says IDOT has advanced the project schedule and they expect to go out for bids by this June.

The work would go from curb-to-curb, not just the driving lanes as was originally proposed by IDOT.

The news earned a round of applause during last night’s Peru City Council meeting.

Harl says the letter got on the right desk at the right time.  He believes the support of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis helped persuade U-S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  LaHood and Ardis are apparently friends.

It’s not clear where the resurfacing work will begin and end.  The original project was supposed to go from Union Street in La Salle to the Spring Creek Bridge at the Spring Valley curves.

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