Fayette reconstruction work could start in spring 2023

Posted on November 1, 2022 7:08 PM

Last updated on November 1, 2022 7:08 PM

Written by Greg Sapp

Members of Effingham City Council have been told that reconstruction of Fayette Avenue through the town could begin in the spring of 2023.

City director of public works Jeremy Heuerman said Jan. 26 was the date for submitting bids. With the award of the tender and the work of the final contract, the process of demolishing the buildings to make way for the road works could take place by May.

Phase I of the project will extend from Illini Drive west to the Banker Street Underpass. Phase II will extend from the underpass eastward to beyond Willow Street.

Heuerman shared that the City’s share of the cost of the project will be much lower than first thought. The changes at the federal level will mean the city won’t have to pay for as much of the street lighting work, which the city was supposed to cover. Instead of $1.3 million, the City’s share will only be $400,000.

Also on Tuesday, Council approved Catelyn Vail as city treasurer. Vail is being reassigned from the Department of Public Works to fill the vacancy of treasurer created by the resignation of Caitlin James earlier this year.


Council members learned from Director of Economic Development Todd Hull that a new hotel is coming to Effingham, which will be built on city-owned property along the Avenue of Mid-America. McHugh Hospitality Group will build the 95 to 100 room hotel. Owner John McHugh said it would be a mid-size hotel for extended stays and work should be completed in 2024.

Council awarded $480,000 to reseal sanitary sewers in Visu-Sewer of Missouri. City engineer Luke Thoele said the sewer liner “replaces the pipe without digging”. The Board granted insurance coverage for all but health insurance for $369,000 through the Illinois Municipal League, and approved two subdivision platters, one for the former Bray Title Company along West Jefferson Avenue, the other for Goeckner Brothers along East Fayette Avenue which is removing one building and adding an adjoining structure to the dealership.

Also on Tuesday, Fire Chief Brant Yochum recalled the time change this Sunday morning and that the fire department will be replacing smoke detectors. It was also announced that the South Banker crossing will be replaced next week and will be ready to use South 4th Street.

Additionally, the city’s director of tourism, Jodi Thoele, recalled that the student Christmas card contest is underway, that the hometown Christmas celebration will include a new illuminated Christmas parade, with Santa lighting the downtown Christmas tree and that Wonderland in Lights is about to be in place. for its traditional Thanksgiving opening.

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