The Rt 159 road expansion through Collinsville is in its second year and most of the work is centered on the west side right now. Last year the storm old drain excavation and replacement drains were done on the east side from which our street enters. As I drove down Vandalia the other day and saw all the new storm drains on the west side I wondered if people who lived in that area were having an influx of raccoons as we did last summer. For anyone wondering, I was totally stopped when I took these pictures. I sat through at least 3 Wycliff redlight cycles trying to get to Main Street for a meeting and again going home.
Here's what I found agonizing for the neighbors on the east side of the street this week, the side supposedly finished. The road and curbs and sidewalks were completed.
Walkways way too close to the road for my comfort and almost up to the doorstep of the homes, but for all intents and purposes, finished. The lawns were leveled out and grass side planted in former work areas.
Then yesterday I saw that the workers had gone into the yards of these same people and excavated huge holes, torn up their front and in some cases the side yards.