City council reviews transportation plan

By Travis Gulbrandson

travis.gulbrandson@plaintalk.net

The Vermillion City Council received the citywide transportation plan at its regular meeting Monday night.

City Engineer José Dominguez said the recommendations of the Vermillion Area Multimodal Transportation Plan are split into two categories: Items that would have to be done within 10 years, and items that would be done after 10 years.

The major improvements would take place along Highway 50, he said.

"These would include either widening the highway or signalizing some of the intersections," Dominguez said.

Other proposed improvement areas are within the city limits, he said.

"They mainly include extensions on roadways – Clark Street, for example, from Norbeck all the way to Crawford," Dominguez said.

These improvements would be made mainly as growth requires, he said.

In April 2011 the City of Vermillion was selected to receive financial assistance through the state for the completion of the study, which was meant to replace a study that was completed in 2004.

Input was gathered at a series of meetings with area residents, businesses, USD, the hospital, the city, the state and county among other entities, Dominguez said.

The cost of the study to the city will be 20 percent, not to exceed $25,000, and will be reimbursed by the Department of Transportation, he said.

Funding is included in the 2012 budget to fund the city share.

Dominguez said the council's acceptance of the study does not bind them to any particular action it describes.

Also at Monday's meeting, City Manager John Prescott said that due to continued public interest, the conceptual plans for Prentis Pool's expansion are now on display in the lobby of City Hall for anyone who wants to view them.

A suggestion box in which people can submit their comments or suggestions is there, as well, he said.

Prescott also announced that Stanford Street now is open to north-south traffic.

"The contractor still has some work to do with some utility concerns that he has to address, and once we get those concerns addressed they can go back to put in the connections at, for example, Westend Drive and Clark, so that we have full access to that street," he said.

All Vermillion City Council meetings are available to view online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/vermillioncc.

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