Muller Road repairs begin

Christina Smith

Washington residents traveling on Muller Road might notice construction signs posted as workers started removing curb and gutters Monday morning.

Ken Newman, city engineer for Washington, said all of the curbs and gutters along Muller, from Business Route 24 (Peoria Street) to Kern Road, will be replaced.

“The concrete pavement on Muller, which is about one-third of the road, will be replaced with asphalt, and the existing portion of asphalt will be milled and replaced with a new asphalt surface,” Newman said.

During the project, two-way traffic from Valley Forge Road to Kern Road will be reduced to one-way southbound traffic, Newman said.

“North of Valley Forge to Business 24, two-way traffic will continue with flaggers while workers are present,” Newman said.

“Access to businesses in the area will be maintained throughout the project.”

Some concrete or asphalt driveways will be removed with the curb and gutters, Newman said.

Any driveways that are removed will be replaced with either concrete or asphalt, depending on the driveway’s material, Newman said.

“That road (Muller) was probably the worse road in town,” city administrator Bob Morris said.

Newman said the concrete section of the road is cracked and  misaligned.

“It’s been in very poor condition for many many years,” Newman said, adding the project has not been done before now because of a lack of funding.

The cost for the entire project, which is being done by R.A. Cullinan in Peoria, is $548,000.

“We were able to obtain a portion of funding through U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood’s office from part of the reauthorization of the transportation bill a couple years ago,” Newman said.

Newman said the city of Washington received $224,000 from the bill.

“The money from the special appropriation is paid to the Illinois Department of Transportation, who then pledges the grant money toward this project,” Morris said.

Morris said the road primarily serves businesses located along Muller.

“Hopefully, the project will take about two-and-a-half to three months, which means, weather permitting, it should be done by the end of July or early August,” Newman said.

“After the project is finished, it will be more serviceable to the business owners and residents who use Muller to cut through to 24,” Morris said.