An historic street in Bloomington is getting a face lift.
East Monroe Street is paved with bricks. Due to time and sewer construction, the road is full of concrete patchwork and potholes. On Monday, the city council decided to move forward with repaving the street with bricks, rather than asphalt. Estimated costs put the project between $300,000 and $500,000, but supporters say brick streets are built to last about 100 years, saving money in the long run.
Alderwoman Amelia Baragas says almost every person with whom she spoke was in favor of saving the brick streets.
“There’s no single constituency. There’s no single special interest group that loves brick streets- east side, west side, people that live in old houses, people that live in brand new construction. And the comments are consistent. They are a unique aspect to our community,” she said during the meeting.
Several people who live on East Monroe street also spoke to the council in favor of keeping the brick street.
The council asked that city staff members work with the Historical Preservation Committee to come up with an implementation plan for the other brick roads in the city.
The council also approved several contracts to repave other roads in the city, fix alleys, and improve sidewalks
The city will pay Rowe Construction about $3.7 million, over two contracts, to improve city roads and alleys, including widening Linden Street J. G. Stewart Contractors will fix up some of the city’s sidewalks and imrpove handicap access ramps. The project will cost about $820,000.