Paris H.S. road project improvements to start soon

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) is proud to announce an intersection improvement in Paris that will provide better access to the new Paris High School and improve safety for students and local residents.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the City of Paris recently awarded Feutz Contractors, Inc., of Paris, a $744,857 project to widen and resurface U.S. 150 at the intersection with 1200th Road. A left-turn lane also will be added on U.S. 150 to allow easier access to the high school. A right-turn lane and a left-turn lane are being constructed on 1200th Road.

“I want to thank IDOT Assistant Secretary Rich Brauer, who at my request, personally visited Paris to see firsthand the safety issue that exists for those turning in and out of Paris High School,” Sen. Rose said. “I also want to thank Governor Rauner’s office, who worked diligently with me in making sure this was a priority for this construction season. I also want to thank the City of Paris and Mayor Craig Smith for their efforts in making sure this project was a top priority.

“I look forward to the conclusion of this project. With the cooperation of everyone I mentioned, we were able to move the timetable of this project up due to the importance of improving safety for students.”

Construction is expected to start within the month, with the improvements completed by the end of November.

“We are thankful to Sen. Rose and local officials for their efforts to call this important project to our attention,” Assistant Secretary Brauer said. “By working together, we will give students and parents the peace of mind knowing they have a safer route to and from school. We are proud to be partners on this project.”

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