Dirt holds up street


City looks to jump start stalled work on subdivision

CLINTON — Commissioners acted Tuesday to resume work on the city’s new subdivision, located along Illini Drive near the junior high school.

Work to complete the subdivision’s street, which the city expected to be completed last November, has been at a standstill.  Neil Finlen, of The Farnsworth Group, a Bloomington-based engineering firm, addressed the city council at its regular meeting. 

Finlen surveyed commissioners on the project’s current status and what it would take to get it back on track.

“If you shoot the messenger, I certainly understand,” Finlen told the council.  “But, I do need to speak to you to decide, a least, where this heads from here.”

Commissioner Ken Buchanan, as well as other commissioners, questioned why Stark Excavating had not completed site preparation and poured the concrete pavement for the street last fall.  Subsequent winter weather and then spring rains hampered completion of the street.

Soil test samples failed to come up to necessary conditions for finishing the street.  Finlen laid out the choices the city has to deal with the problem.

“What we have is soft subgrade material that has been a struggle for quite some time, especially in the spring back into the late fall as well,” Finlen said. 

• See the complete story in the Friday, June 24 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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